A "Good Mentor" is someone who:
Engages in a positive relationship with the students.
Gives attention to the student.
Has a positive self-esteem about himself/herself.
Reacts well to stressful situations.
Tolerates frustrating situations.
Communicates on a level that the student can understand.
Is a positive role model.
Does not engage in alcohol or drug abuse.
Meets on weekly basis with the mentee.
Shows up on time for sessions.
Does NOT have a criminal record.
Is willing to serve a minimum of one year in the program, hopefully more than that!
Cares about helping an a student.
Is not a judgmental person.
Nurtures a relationship that respects the students dignity.
Reinforces students success.
What should the Student Mentor NOT expect to do?
The Mentor should not expect to:
Replace the role of a parent/guardian.
Expect dramatic changes in attitude, self-esteem or attendance quickly. Mentor is a process that takes time!
Provide solutions to all the issues facing the student.
Break the trust they have established, unless it is life threatening to the student.