What if my mentee asks me questions I don’t know the answer to?
That’s completely fine. As a mentor, your job isn’t to know all the answers. It’s to help your mentee find the answers they need. You can consult your mentor resources and email the firstname.lastname@example.org if you get stuck.
Are mentors paid?
No, mentoring is a volunteer opportunity. However, we welcome (and encourage) you to include your experience as a mentor on LinkedIn or your resume. As a mentor, you have the chance to develop strong leadership and communication skills.
How many mentees do mentors work with?
Mentors can take any number of mentees they are interested in. Most mentors take somewhere between 2 and 5 mentees at a time. The most important thing is that you do what feels right for you.
How much time do mentors need to commit?
What counts as a “conversation?”
1 phone call
1 video chat session
1 email exchange
1 in-person “interaction” (grabbing coffee, spending 10 minutes talking before class, etc.)
How can I help a student to find their place in school or beyond?
Help your mentee set achievable goals that feel meaningful to them. ‘Show and tell’ specific examples from your own experience.
I have an idea for how Mentor Collaborative could serve my mentee and my school better. How do I share that feedback?
Mentor feedback is essential to the MC program. Please email us at info5050Mentoring@gmail.com with any feedback - we would love to learn from you.