Do you provide training?
Yes, we do! You will attend a New Mentor training session and be given a New Mentor Guide which will cover school rules, policies and safety issues. You will actively participate in mentoring scenarios that are typically encountered while mentoring in schools. You will also meet other mentors and learn why they have decided to become a mentor, too!
How long will it take for me to become a mentor?
About two weeks:
1. Two days for background check
2. Set a date for New Mentor Training.
3. Orientation with the School Mentor Coordinator*
4. Student returns permission slip.
5. You get to meet!
*This process can take as long as two weeks - sometimes more if the permission slip is not returned promptly. Please be patient - we'll get it signed and call you soon. However, if it has been longer than a month, please call our office so we can help facilitate the process. Call Mark Thompson at 410-677-4536 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I have to do to become a mentor?
Complete the application that is on the home page, print it, sign it, and fax it to 410-677-4418 or mail it to Wicomico Mentoring Project, PO Box 1538, Salisbury, MD 21802.
- Complete mentor application
- Positive background and reference checks
- Attend orientation and training sessions
- Time commitment of at least 45 minutes - 1 hour per school week for one school year
Should I be a Mentor?
Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.
By being a consistent adult presence in a young person's life, mentors can offer advice, share their life experiences, and help a young person navigate challenges.
Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are:
- 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are:
- 81% more likely to participate regularly in sports or extracurricular activities than those who do not. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)
A study showed that the strongest benefit from mentoring, and most consistent across risk groups, was a reduction in depressive symptoms - particularly noteworthy given that almost one in four youth reported worrisome levels of these symptoms at baseline. (The Role of Risk, 2013)
Mentoring Promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicated better with them. (the Role of Risk, 2013)
YES....You should be a MENTOR!
Information gathered from Mentor, The National Mentoring Partnership