Mentor Job Description

 

Title: Volunteer Mentor, Mentors, Inc.

A Mentor with the Mentors Inc. program is a caring, responsible, adult volunteer who serves as a trusted friend and guide to a student from one of San Diego traditional or charter public high schools. S/he helps to ensure that the student develops important academic and life skills, is exposed to new opportunities and a wide array of resources, makes positive life choices, stays in school, and graduates with a plan for pursuing post-secondary education.


Essential Function/Responsibilities

The Mentor’s Responsibility to Protégé
Every volunteer mentor must:

  • Be able to commit to spending at least one year in a relationship with a student.
  • Spend (5) five hours a month engaged in a mutually agreed-upon activity with their protégés.
  • Communicate with their protégés weekly by telephone or email to keep in touch about what is going on in their lives.
  • Honor, all commitments made to the protégé and Mentors Inc.
  • Be respectful of the protégé’s time, opinions, and decision-making.
  • Serve as a positive role model by modeling desirable behaviors³e.g. Patience, tolerance, and reflective listening.
  • Be comfortable and able to establish appropriate boundaries with the protégé and his or her family.
  • Be encouraging and supportive of the protégé.
  • Help the protégé develop a milestone plan for completing high school and going on to college or work.


Responsibility to Mentors- Inc. Program
Every Volunteer Mentor must:

  • Check-in with the program staff on the 15th of every month.
  • Attend on-going trainings when needed or requested to do so by program staff.
  • Complete evaluation surveys as requested by staff.
  • Read “Cool Ideas” weekly and encourage protégés to take advantage of the enrichment activities and scholarships offered by Mentors, Inc.
  • Recognize role as a mandated reporter and report any problematic issues.
  • Be patient and understand the mentoring relationship is a process that takes work and time.


Qualifications
All volunteers must:

  • Be 21 years of age.
  • Have earned a high school diploma.
  • Submit an application, 2 forms of reference, a copy of a photo ID and an auto insurance card.
  • Pass a criminal background check and submit a 35-dollar processing fee to help defray the cost
  • Successfully complete an interview for a mentor position with Mentors Inc staff member.
  • Exhibit a genuine concern for high school aged students.
  • Participate and attend Mentor 101 training and periodic mentor support workshops as required.
 
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