Expectations of a Mentor
A “Good Mentor” is someone who:
- Engages in a positive relationship with the child.
- Gives attention to the child.
- Has a positive self-esteem about him/herself.
- Reacts well to stressful situations.
- Tolerates frustrating situations.
- Listens well.
- Communicates on a level that the child can understand.
- Is stable.
- Provides leadership.
- Is a positive role model.
- Has an outstanding record of employment.
- 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 a needy child.
- Is not a judgmental person.
- Is committed.
- Nurtures a relationship that respects the child’s dignity.
- Accepts responsibilities.
- Reinforces student’s success.
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 student.
- Break the trust they have established, unless it is life threatening to the student.