What is MentorU? MentorU is a 1-to-1 high school mentoring program, focused on career readiness and college preparation.
The MentorU program will provide screened and trained volunteer mentors for incoming Tumwater High School freshmen enrolled in an academic enrichment class for students facing academic and personal challenges intended to keep them on track for graduation and success. All mentoring relationships and events are supervised by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff.
What is the MentorU Mission? The MentorU mission is to help high school students develop personal, academic and career skills by providing each student with a volunteer mentor with experience in a variety of areas. The MentorU class and the mentors will also offer students extra opportunities and guidance for career exploration, college admission, and future planning.
How does MentorU work? MentorU matches every student with an adult volunteer mentor, based on shared career and/or personal interests. Students have MentorU class time once a week, in which they complete a lesson and communicate electronically with their mentors through guided prompts.
Students and mentors discuss online various topics in their weekly messages, which may include skills such as perseverance, critical thinking, self-advocacy and goal setting. Other areas include college preparation, career goals, and planning for the future. They will also work on creating and updating students’ High School & Beyond Plan, researching career options and networking opportunities, access to trade skills training and college options. Staff review communications within the system to facilitate additional relationship coaching.
What is the time commitment? Mentors can expect to spend about 20 minutes corresponding electronically with students on a weekly basis, then 1.5 hours in person every month. We are asking our volunteer mentors to commit to at least one year, with confidence that the relationship will last longer.
MentorU students and their mentors get to know each other in person at 8-9 required sessions with MentorU staff present. These events are scheduled in advance and will take place on selected dates at Tumwater High School.
READY TO GET INVOLVED? SIGN UP TO BE A MENTOR TODAY.
HOW IT WORKS:
1. Class Sessions: Students attend a weekly class session led by a MentorU program coordinator & school teacher.
2. Weekly Online Communication: Mentors respond to weekly messages from students based on that week’s topics.
3. Monthly Events: Students and mentors meet 9 times in a school year at Tumwater High School for conversations and activities.
4. Staff Support: Each pair is supported by a Big Brothers Big Sisters coordinator.