5 Tips To Be A Successful Mentor

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Coretta Hill, Vice President of Volunteer and Community Engagement, United Way of Northeast Florida, introduces 5 volunteer mentors and their tips for keeping student mentees engaged and on the path to success.

    Coretta Hill: Hi! I am Coretta Hill, Vice President of Volunteer and Community Engagement, with United Way of North East Florida.

    According to Robert Balfanz, a Principal Research Scientist at John Hopkins University, it only takes one caring adult to make differences in the life of a child and that caring adult is also most needed when a child enters middle-schools.

    Low standardize test course, behavior issues, poor attendances and low GPAs in the 6th Grade are early indicators that a child may not stay on track to graduation. Balfanz found that mentors make a big difference, if you are considering for already mentoring a student consider these 5 tips from experience mentors, from United Way Achievers for Life. A dropout prevention strategy which has paired at more than 3500 students with mentors.

    These mentors have helped students achieve increases in GPAs and attendances by keeping their mentee engaged with these techniques.

    Alonza Anderson: Our mentees need an advocate so we are here to listen not to judge, a good example is that first mentee I had at Arlington had to go to alternative school due to an issue with him, but I stuck with him and bloomed away and our relationship is great to be because of it. Phillip Lee: I think its a important ask open ended questions because it really, one helps build report, but two, it shows that you are interested in having a conversation and it allows you to really lead your mentee to topics and things that he or she may have an interest in.

    Amanda Crawford: Just continue to engage them and just talk to them, it doesnt have to always be a school a school related, it doesnt always have to something planned and some, some mentors feels that they have, have things planned out, have to have something to do today and you dont, sometimes just for the whole period is really what they need. So I am not feeling like its structured.

    Desirae Royal: Keeping my mentor engaged with my personal stories and personal experiences in school, in my personal life have really helped me contact with my mentor. I was not great at math at all, I had my worst class in 9th grade I always made a D in that class and I had never made a D before. But because of that teacher now, I do see where I can be helpful to others and I asked my mentee to do the same, help others students in our class so that she could help herself.

    Scott Friedman: To keep the mentee engaged its building trust, building relationship, meeting with your mentee and consistently and working with them just on not only the bad but focusing and identifying the good things occurred during doing to set goals long and short term for success.

    Coretta Hill: Almost all students have hope for the future, by using techniques such as these describe by United Way of North East Florida Achievers for Life mentors, you could be the one caring adult who helps an at risk child, pursue his dream. Thank you to all committed volunteers who give their time to mentor children.

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