A mentor can make a real difference in a young person’s life. Mentors are people who have the qualities of good role models. Mentors are SPECIAL. They are:
- Supportive – they encourage their mentee to learn and grow.
- Practical – they give insight about staying on track and identifying priorities.
- Educators (outside the classroom) – they educate mentees about soft skills necessary in a professional setting and about their own experiences with their career.
- Caring – they care about their mentees’ progress in school, career planning, and character development.
- Insightful – they use their personal experiences to help their mentee avoid mistakes and learn about good professional practices.
- Accessible – they are available to their mentee on a regular basis.
- Listeners – they maintain and give mentees their full attention while together.
We are looking for people to make a difference in the lives of our students. Students involved in the YES program are currently taking academic and/or occupational college-level coursework. A YES Program mentor would encourage and support student(s) as they progress through their rigorous high school career. We are asking that mentors make a one-year commitment to a mentee. This relationship would consist of face-to-face visits at least once per quarter with frequent contact in-between that time via phone calls, texts, Skype, Facetime, emails, etc. Some of our students would like to connect with someone in the field of study they are interested in, while others need more general soft skills guidance. As YES Program Staff we will work with you, and the students, to foster a positive relationship that is best suited for both of you.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a YES Program mentor please RSVP for this meeting to either Donna Silva or Katherine Reid so we can plan accordingly.