What is a mentor?

A mentor is a coach, sponsor, guide, advocate & role model. A mentor is a friend, advisor, teacher, and resource person. A mentor provides instructional support, promotes greater involvement in school activities, encourages responsible behavior, fosters a positive self-image, helps protégés develop post-high school plans, and expands awareness of career possibilities and the realities of the world-of work. 

What does it involve?

  • As a mentor you will assist the program coordinator in facilitating small groups of young people aged between 8 and 15 years old.
  • You will support the mentees through a series of lessons, activities, and challenges designed to develop their life-skills and aide them in their academic journey.
  • The Esperanza afterschool mentorship program is set up in a way that makes it easy for mentors to get involved.
  • It only requires a one hour per week commitment.
  • Esperanza staff will be present in the mentoring meeting providing guidance and support to each mentor throughout all the programming.
  • Mentors are allowed to choose from two different sites and two different days a week.

Mentors report that they:

  • Received valuable experience that was transferable to the marketplace.
  • Improved their morale.
  • Learned more about themselves.
  • Improved their own values.
  • Got a fresh perspective on their lives.
  • Felt more satisfied/fulfilled.

Who can be a mentor?

  • People with self-confidence, patience and flexibility
  • People sensitive to the needs of others
  • People who are conscientious and reliable
  • People who have the ability to listen
  • People who want to make a difference in the life of another

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