What is the process for becoming a mentor?
After submitting an application including a background check and references, volunteers attend an initial 90-minute orientation and complete an interview with the school mentoring coordinator. The coordinator considers skills, interests, and experiences in matching the mentor with a compatible student.
What is the commitment for a mentor?
Mentors commit to meeting with one student for one hour each week on campus for a minimum of one school year. (Off campus mentoring after school may be an option depending on the student.) Meetings occur throughout the school day, based on availability of the mentor and the student's class schedule. Mentors may work with students for more than a year, but commit one 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. Mentor coordinators at each school screen, train, and interview mentors and students, and support their developing relationships through frequent check-ins. They also provide resources and on-going training to mentors.
What is the involvement of Partners for Schools?
Partners For Schools funds the salaries of mentor coordinators and all marketing costs. They recruit mentors and sponsors from the community and collaborate in providing training for mentors and other needed supports.
How old does a mentor need to be?
An adult of any age could become a mentor; 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: a listening ear, social/emotional support, academic needs, or college and career planning. Every mentoring relationship is unique to the student and mentor.