What are the characteristics of a good mentor? 

  • A Good Listener! 
  • Compassionate
  • Authentic
  • Committed/Stable
  • Empathetic/Caring
  • Open Minded
  • Not Judgmental
  • Hopeful/Optimistic
  • Coachable

What is the process for becoming a mentor? 

  • Complete Mentor Interest Form  
  • A Mentor Coordinator will reach out to you and send an application
  • Complete the Mentor Application
  • Washington State Patrol background check
  • 2 reference checks
  • Attend a 90 minute Orientation
  • Interview with Mentor Coordinator 
  • If approved you will be added to the pool for a possible match.
  • Once a mentor is added to the pool, a match can take place right away or take several months. 
  • Matches are made based upon the requests of students and the mentor's compatibility for each unique match.
  • Mentors have the option of accepting or rejecting suggested matches.

What is the commitment for a mentor? 

  • One hour per week during the school day
  • One school year minimum

Mentors commit to meeting with one student for one hour each week on campus for a minimum of one school year. Meetings occur during the school day, based on availability of the mentor and the student's class schedule. Students step out of class time to meet with their mentors. Scheduled days and times can change at the beginning of a semester when the student's schedule changes.  If both the mentor and student want to continue for more than one year, they may.  Commitments by the Mentors are made in one school year increments.

What happens during the hour a week meeting?

Our relationship-based program allows a student and mentor to share time together without a mandated curriculum or prescribed activities.  Students requesting mentors typically seek an adult they can trust to listen to their concerns and encourage them.  Many pairs share conversations and develop trust while playing games, walking the campus, creating a project, or learning something new.  Some pairs may collaborate on homework, study for tests,  investigate college and career options, or research an area of interest.

How much contact does a mentor 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 and mentee. No meetings take place during summer break.




What Is The Involvement Of the School District? 

The district provides professional oversight of the
programs at both middle schools and high schools. 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. Matches are made after careful consideration at the discretion of the Mentor Coordinators and School District Administrators.

What is the involvement of Partners for Schools?

As a qualified 501c3 non-profit organization, Partners For Schools (PFS) works with school and community leaders to launch Be the One programs.  By assisting local Be the One community teams in raising funds and recruiting mentors, PFS establishes vibrant programs. In partnership with each school, PFS’s commitment to quality mentor training, program coordination, and reporting results ensures sustainability.  PFS manages all Be the One donations and sponsor contributions to maximize their impact at the community level.

Who is responsible for vetting  mentors?

The responsibility for vetting, selecting, and matching mentors belongs to each school district offering a Be the One program.”

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. If you are younger and feel confident you can make the weekly commitment for a minimum of one school year, 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.