A mentor is someone who, along with parents, provides young people with support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement and constructive example. Mentors are good listeners, people who care, people who want to help young people bring out strengths that are already there.
A mentor helps connect children and youth with resources, safe places and structured activities. As well, mentors provide a positive role model, assistance in obtaining a marketable skill through support of education, and an opportunity to give back through community service.
Young people are looking for someone to listen and support them. Things that may seem easy to you are often mysterious to young people. Providing guidance and structure to a young person allows them an opportunity to develop self-esteem and self-confidence.
All children can benefit from positive role models.
There are a variety of things for you to consider, including the age and number of youth you want to work with elementary, middle school, or high school age children; one youth or several. (There is a difference between mentoring one child one-on-one versus coaching a group of young people). Also, consider the setting that you may want to mentor in school, community, or business.
The time commitment can vary depending upon the program that you become involved with, however it is highly recommended that a mentor and mentee have meetings on a weekly basis for one hour, lasting at least nine months to a year. This time commitment provides the opportunity for a positive consistent relationship to develop.
1. Attend a Mentoring training session by contacting:
2. Comply with FCPS background screening.
To mentor an FCPS student, it is necessary to meet the student at the school site during the school day.
Robin Sheare, Web Development Specialist
August 15, 2011