Mentoring Program Description
- Mentors and mentees meet in a supervised environment at a set time and location. Sessions generally take place at Unity Prep, with occasional off-site field trips.
- Mentor to Mentee ratio will be no more than a 1:2 ratio
- Mentors commit to mentoring one school year 2 days a month for 4-6 hours per month.
- A site supervisor is present during group mentoring sessions.
- As your main level of support, the site supervisor is available as a resource and to facilitate activities at sessions.
- The applicant must be 21 years of age or older.
- The applicant must make a one-year commitment to mentor a youth for 4-6 hours a month.
- The applicant must pass a criminal background check.
- Submit an online application
- Attend an interview with a member of Unity’s Mentorship Committee
- Complete Screening and Criminal Background Check. (ONLY Required if selected) ($90 dollar fee)
- Attend and participate in New Mentor Training (ONLY Required if selected)
There are two central goals of the program:
- First, to provide students with the opportunity to form relationships with successful individuals who can serve as positive examples for them.
- Second, to inspire our young people to excel in school and beyond.
The involvement of the mentor, the mentee, and Unity Prep’s mentorship committee will determine the overall success of this program. Outlined below are the major expectations for the mentors, mentees, and the mentorship committee. By fulfilling these expectations, we believe that the program will be successful in achieving its goals, ultimately leading to the long-term success of our students.
- The goals of the program should serve as your guiding compass when forming a relationship and interacting with mentees.
- Build a trusting, friendly, and professional relationship with your mentee and his or her family.
- Be a proactive, positive role model and coach for your mentee.
- Consistently attend in person meetings with your mentee twice monthly. Meetings take place on alternate Saturdays for two hours at Unity Prep, with occasional special events and off-site field trips lasting longer.
- Keep your Unity Prep committee point-person informed about any issues or concerns pertaining to your mentee.
- Celebrate the accomplishments and advancements of your mentee.
- Attend at least one school based Unity Prep function.
- Share with your point-person any best practices that you come across as a mentor.
- Attend Unity Prep mentorship program orientation on Saturday September 27, 2014 from 11am – 12pm
- Ask lots of questions of your mentor – this is an opportunity for you to learn from someone outside of Unity Prep and your circle of friends and family. Your mentor has committed to being there to support you.
- Maintain a consistent line of communication with your mentor.
- Be on time to all meetings; be responsible for communicating with your mentor (ex. in the event that you are running late, an emergency, etc.)
- Maintain a positive attitude about this experience and be willing to try new things.
- Keep your Unity Prep point person updated on how your experience is going.
Unity Prep Mentorship Committee Expectations:
- Provide an orientation and adequate training and support for mentees to be successful.
- Provide an opening event for mentors to meet their mentees and their families.
- Provide a safe space for mentors and mentees to meet bi-monthly.
- Plan fun and engaging events and trips for the mentorship program.
- Provide timely support to the development of mentorship relationships.
- Maintain consistent contact with mentors via telephone and email.
- Disseminate best practices to all mentors in a timely manner.
- Conduct three mentor meetings during the academic year in September, January and June.
- Recognize mentors and mentees for their good work and positive contributions.