What is the process for becoming a mentor?
After an application is submitted and a background check is completed and references checked. Volunteers attend an initial 90-minute orientation and are then interviewed by the school mentoring coordinator. Volunteers and are then matched with a student by the mentoring coordinator who considers the interests and needs of individual students and matches with a mentor that best meets the student’s needs.
What is the commitment for a mentor?
Mentors make a minimum 1 school year commitment meeting with one student, once per week, for one hour during the school day on campus. (Off campus mentoring after school may be an option depending on the student.) The time of day is determined by the student’s schedule and your availability. Weekly written journal notes are given to the coordinator who is available to support and direct the mentor. There is potential to mentor a student longer than one year but your commitment is made one school year at a time.
How much contact will I have with a student?
For the protection of both the student and adult, no outside contact through Facebook, email, phone or text messaging is allowed between mentor & mentee. There is usually no contact during summer break.
What Is The Involvement Of Lynden School District?
The district provides professional oversight of the
program at both LMS and LHS. A mentor coordinator at each school screens, trains and oversees mentors. They also interview interested students and create the matches.
What is the involvement of Partners for Schools?
Partners For Schools funds the salaries of mentor coordinators and all marketing costs. They are also responsible for recruiting mentors from the community and collaborate in ongoing monthly equipping training's for mentors.
How old does a mentor need to be?
There is no age restriction, however research indicates that adults over 35 are most likely to feel settled enough to make a mentoring commitment. However if you are younger and feel confidant you can make the commitment, we encourage you to apply.
Do students want mentors?
Yes! All students who participate do so on a voluntary basis with parent permission. They request mentors for a variety of reasons. Some students are just looking for a listening caring adult, others need scholastic support and some need someone to discuss career and secondary education with. Every mentoring relationship is unique to the student and mentor.