A mentor is a caring, responsible person who is interested in giving time to a student, encouraging the child to develop his/her strengths and capabilities. The mentor is described as:
All of the following are important activities that mentors provide in the lives of their students:
There are certain roles that mentors should not take on as they work with students. These roles include:
It is important to note, however, that a mentor will be expected to possess some of the traits found in these roles, including nurturing, support, care, listening, compassion, and advising. When a mentor feels that he/she is being put in a compromising position to take on an inappropriate role, support is provided by the school-based coordinator and the MentorWorks office.
Recent studies have described benefits adults gain through participating in mentoring relationships.
National studies show that mentoring works. Quality mentoring programs have been shown to impact students socially, emotionally, academically, thus creating safer, healthier, more productive citizens of our society. Some of the many benefits youth derive from mentoring include:
Source: How Mentoring Helps
Fairfax County Public Schools is pleased that you are interested in becoming a mentor! You are taking the first step to making a difference in the life of a deserving child or adolescent. To get started, you will need to complete the following steps:
1. Attend a Mentoring training session contact Clarence Jones, Coordinator, Student Safety and Wellness, 571-423-4270, Clarence.Jones@fcps.edu.
2. Complete a mentor application form and screening process that includes compliance with FCPS background check.
1. Once your application has been received and approved, the MentorWorks specialist will match you with a school based on the following information:
- Your location preference
- Your grade level preference
- Your availability
- The school's program
FCPS provides training and on-going support. Mentoring occurs at the school during the school day.
Clarence Jones, Coordinator
August 13, 2015