THE MENTOR EXPERIENCE

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Connect with a current student from your school who shares a familiar course of study, interests, life experience, or aspiration

Develop leadership skills and expand your network

Communicate with your mentee in ways that work for both of you, whether it’s videochatting, texting, meeting for coffee, or a combination. Common discussion topics include:

  • Academic success
  • Work-school-life balance
  • Career
  • Personal growth

Mentor Collective is a national mentoring network that partners with colleges and universities to connect students (“mentees”) with more experienced students or alumni from the same school (“mentors”) 

 

MC partners with your school to build and expand mentorship programs so that as many students as possible have access to a mentor
 

 
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Your school and MC work together to develop mentor training, resources, and matching criteria to connect pairs in a way that suits your community best

Why become a mentor?

 

"I'm volunteering to be a mentor because I was fortunate to have great mentors that helped me throughout my undergrad career. I'm actually back at UHH working on my Master's degree in Teaching so this is a great opportunity to work with students who are still figuring out what path they may want to take. I know the struggle of undergrad as well as the rewards so I'll be able to understand what my mentee may be going through."

Megan, Mentor at the University of Hawaii, Hilo

 

 

 

"I am primarily volunteering as a mentor because connecting and educating younger students builds a stronger overall student body.... [My mentee] has definitely taught me to kind of slow down and prioritize my work.... [his] approach to studying and prioritizing is something I'm hoping to adopt myself."

Ciarra-Lynn, Mentor at the University of Hawaii, Hilo

 

 

 

"I'm always eager to share my personal experiences as an adult student and share some insights and tips to help someone keep organized while managing school / family and work."

MJ Billings-Grein, Mentor at Northeastern University College of Professional Studies

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 help@mentorcollective 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.

What if my mentee and I don’t get along?

We encourage you to speak a few times to get a sense of what you can help with, but if you still feel you and your mentee don’t get along, reach out to us (help@mentorcollective.org) so we can talk through the situation and explore different options, such as mediating a conversation or recommending a new match.

What if I have a serious concern about my mentee’s physical or mental health?

We take concerns like these very seriously. As a mentor, you will have different opportunities for sharing a concern like this with us.

While reporting conversations on the MC website, you can indicate any concern you have about your mentee (or that your mentee needs extra support), as well as through monthly texts we send you. Once you let us know about a serious concern, we send your concern to a point person at your school who can reach out to your mentee and provide extra resources and support.

How much time do mentors need to commit?

After you register, there are a couple of next steps:

  • Fill out a brief matching survey that tells us about you and your preferences (5-10 minutes)
  • Sign up for and attend a group videochat with one of the Mentor Collective coordinators and mentors from other schools that goes over the basics of Mentor Collective and being an effective mentor (45 minutes)

After those steps, you and your mentee can determine together what timing works best for you. You will be expected to speak with your mentee once a month, but anything more than that is up to both of you. Most mentors spend between 1 and 3 hours a month per mentee.

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
  • Don’t be afraid to role play challenging conversations or situations your mentee is facing

I have an idea for how Mentor Collective 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 help@mentorcollective.org with any feedback - we would love to learn from you.