Mentor training and mentor/mentee matchup occurs twice a year, in February-March and in October-November.
All events in the Mentoring Program for Framingham High School students take place at Staples Headquarters, 500 Staples Drive, Framingham
All events in the Mentoring Program for Waltham High School students take place at Simpson, oalumpertz & Hager headquarters, 41 Seyon Street, Building 1, Suite 500, Waltham `
To volunteer as a Mentor in the Framingham High School Program, please download the Framingham High School Application and forward it to:
Lauren Kracoff, Framingham HS Mentoring Program Director
To volunteer as a Mentor in the Waltham High School Program, please download the Waltham High School Application and forward it to:
Ethel Williams, Waltham HS Mentoring Program Director
To qualify as a Mentor, you must:
- Be a high school graduate, at least 21 years of age and of high moral character.
- If employed, be in good standing at your place of employment.
- Submit to a Massachusetts Criminal History Systems Report (CORI).
- Commit to spend an average of 8 hours per month in face-to-face activities with your mentee, for a minimum of 1 year. Mentors are encouraged to stay in relationship with their mentee for the 2 ½ to 3 years that the mentee is in the program. Most do.
- Commit to making a positive impact on a young teen’s life.
As a Mentor, your responsibilities to your mentee will include:
- Supporting them in completing the Goal Achievement Program.
- Guiding their personal development.
- Developing their interests.
- Exposing them to culture.
- Providing support for their academic pursuits.
- Assisting them in the college preparation process.
- Introducing them to the world of careers and jobs.
And you should:
- Be creative in planning your activities with them.
- Encourage them to try new things.
- Turn all activities into a learning experience.
- Always model good behavior and responsibility.
- Be your mentee’s friend,-but also their coach, developer, encourager, fellow explorer, and guardian angel!
What do Mentors gain from mentoring?
- Increase their awareness and respect for people from different background.
- Recognize that they can make a difference.
- Feel a part of a wider community.
- Develop new friendships and relationship.
- Give back to the community through the sharing of their strengths and abilities.
In exit interviews with Mentors who completed their 3 year mentee relationships, they reported:
- They gained insight into lives different and more difficult than their own and that teens these days face difficulties and complexities they do not feel they had to face.
- An appreciation of a different culture.
- They gained insight into socio-economic differences they did not realize existed in this country.
- They learned about themselves and their own skills.
- Gaining insight into teenage lives and really enjoying this.
- They enjoyed being able to share and to guide a young adult and being able to give back to the community.
- They learned a lot from their students.