Mentors Matter

Everyone has the potential to succeed in school and in life, yet not all receive the support they need to achieve this success. Many students live in situations that put them at risk of making poor choices and of not living up to their potential. Without immediate intervention by caring adults, these students could make choices that undermine their futures and, ultimately, the economic and social well-being of our community.
Mentors—caring adults that offer support, advice, friendship and consistency—are powerful tools in helping young people reach their potential.

You can be a mentor. By giving just one hour a week of your time, you can bring new hope to a struggling student through the power of friendship and support. You’ll be surprised at how rewarding the experience can be.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is required to become a Mentor?
You must be willing to commit one hour a week throughout the school year, pass a criminal background check, and complete a two-hour Center Point training.
I have concerns about meeting regularly in-person. Can I still be a Mentor?
Yes. Many schools are willing to accommodate virtual meetings for Mentors who travel frequently or are immunocompromised. Meeting in person is ideal for mentees learning healthy communication, but consistency is more important. Bring up your concerns to the counselors early in your mentoring to create a plan that works for you and your mentee.
Can I see my student after school hours?
Center Point Mentor Program is a school-based program. Mentors meet with their students during school hours on school grounds. If over a period of time your relationship develops where you wish to meet with your student off-campus, you must have the parents sign a Parent Release of Liability form and return it to Center Point. This form releases Center Point and our local schools from any liability.
My student is easily distracted and it takes the entire 30 minutes to get him/her to settle down. What should I do?
Be patient, speak with the school counselor and Center Point Mentor Program Director to ask for suggestions on how to get the student to focus. Sometimes it just takes time but there also some students that are not ready for a Mentor. If the problem continues to persist the option of matching you with another student is a potential solution.
What if I don't get along with my student?
It often takes several meetings before a student warms to a mentor. Occasionally the mentor-student match is not a good fit. If you have met with your student six or more times and you do not feel that he/she is enjoying the interaction, let the school counselor and Center Point Mentor Program Director know your concerns. It is very important that this be a positive experience for Mentor and mentee and Center Point will do everything possible to make sure this happens, including identifying a more positive match if the need arises.
What is required to become a mentor?
You must be willing to commit to regular meetings with your mentee throughout the school year. Frequency will depend on what program you are mentoring through, though most Mentors meet their mentee for around 45 minutes each week. The application process involves submitting your mentor application including two references, passing a criminal background check, and completing a two-hour Center Point Mentoring and Mandated Reporter training. The Mandated Reporter training is required every two years, the rest is a one-time assignment.

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