WHAT A MENTOR IS:
A mentor is a caring, responsible person who is interested in giving time to a student, encouraging the child to develop his/her strengths and capabilities. The mentor is described as:
- A role model
- A friend
- A guide
- A listener
- A motivator
- An advocate
All of the following are important activities that mentors provide in the lives of their students:
- ACADEMIC SUPPORT Encouraging academic success by showing the benefits of staying in school and evaluating educational choices.
- ROLE MODELING Helping students see and strive for broader horizons and possibilites than they may see in their present environments.
- ATTENTION AND SUPPORT Mentors provide dependable and consistent attention and support through listening, guiding, and encouraging student to reach their full potential.
WHAT A MENTOR IS NOT:
There are certain roles that mentors should not take on as they work with students. These roles include:
- Social Worker
- ATM Machine
It is important to note, however, that a mentor will be expected to possess some of the traits found in these roles, including nurturing, support, care, listening, compassion, and advising. When a mentor feels that he/she is being put in a compromising position to take on an appropriate role, support is provided by the Communities In Schools Site Coordinator and the Community Partnership and Engagement Office.
Benefits of mentoring
Recent studies have described benefits adults gain through participating in mentoring relationships.
- Enhanced self-images. Mentors saw themselves as being competent, helpful, visionary and loved.
- Feelings of accomplishment and the creation of networks of other volunteers.
- Fulfilling expression of the mentor's spiritual values.
- Improved health and self-esteem.
- Insight into one's own childhood or children.
- Public recognition
- Businesses reported an enhanced company image, and an improvement in attitude, collaboration, and work satisfaction
Impact of mentoring
National studies show that mentoring works. Quality mentoring programs have been shown to impact students socially, emotionally, academically, thus creating safer, healthier, more productive citizens of our society. Some of the many benefits youth derive from mentoring include:
- Improving self-esteem;
- Keeping young people in school
- Helping improve academic skills
- Leading young people to resources they might not find on their own;
- Providing support for new behaviors, attitudes and ambitions;
- Increasing young people's ability to seek and keep jobs
Studies have found that students who regularly met with mentors for about a year were:
- 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs:
- 27% less likely to start drinking
- 52% less likely to skip a day of school;
- more trusting of their parents or guardians;
- less likely to lie to their parents or guardians; and
- felt more supported and less criticized by their peers and friends
Source: Public/Private Ventures Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters
The Selection Process
Richmond Community Schools is pleased that you are interested in becoming a mentor! You are taking the first step to making a difference in the life of a deserving child or adolescent. To get started, you will need to complete the following step:
The Matching Process:
Once your RCS background check has been approved, the Community Partnership and Engagement Coordinator will match you with a school based on the following information:
- Your location preference
- Your grade level preference
- Your availability
RCS provides training and on-going support. Mentoring occurs at the school during the school day.
Community Partnership and Engagement Coordinator
300 Hub Etchison Pkwy.
Richmond, IN 47374
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