Mentoring: Questions and Answers
At the most basic level, our program will connect students with a caring adult, which they might not have. Our students are going through the critical years of adolescence and early adulthood, when young people can benefit from adult guidance. Mentors can also help students clarify life goals particularly as it relates to pursuing post secondary education and exploring career paths in media. Most high school students are unaware of the multitude of career opportunities in media-both in front and behind the camera. Mentors who work in these fields can open our students' horizons to the variety of opportunities and the skills needed to take advantage of these opportunities.
Why Become a Mentor?
Being part of a mentoring program can make an important difference in a child's life. Research shows that young people involved in a mentoring program increase their chances of high school graduation and college attendance and decrease the likelihood of substance abuse and other risky behavior.
What Kind of Mentors are we looking for?
Mentors all have one thing in common-they care. If you have a sincere interest in the success of our youth and a caring attitude, you are perfect. We are particularly interested in recruiting mentors who work in communications, media and related fields (visual, audio, web) including: educators, non-profit professionals, video producers/editors, advertisers, web producers, and journalists. We are also accepting applications from college/graduate students who are majoring in communications, media arts or related studies.
What are our Expectations of a Mentor?
Mentoring is a major commitment of one's time and emotional investment in the life of a child, and thus should not be taken lightly. However, the rewards can be enormous for the mentee as well as the mentor. Mentors are expected to:
- Professionals: make at least a twelve-month commitment, one-hour per week.
- College Students: make at least a 9-month commitment, one-hour per week.
- Attend an initial mentor training workshop and other occasional group activities.
- Attend additional workshops as determined by Program Coordinator.
- Meet with mentee at your place of work, HOME, Inc.’s office, mentee’s school or other location deemed acceptable by Program Coordinator.
- If meeting at your business, work site must be T-accessible; and
- Report regularly to staff members.
Application Process: Steps
1. Complete and submit an application form.
2. We'll review your application and references.
3. Join us for a face-to-face interview in which we can get to know you better, review program requirements and answer any additional questions you may have.
4. We'll complete a C.O.R.I. and S.O.R.I. check.
5. Attend a mandatory mentor-training workshop.
6. If accepted into program, we'll attempt at finding you a match as suitable candidates become available.
You can download an application at Mentoring home page.
You can email your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax your application to the attention of Bruce Dillenbeck
Or send by snail mail to: HOME, Inc., 566 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02118.