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Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Become a Mentor

Help a high-school student stay on track for personal and professional success by becoming a mentor through Champions For Learning. Mentors are trusted advocates and excellent listeners, not tutors. Typically, this program is a school-based mentoring program, but currently happening virtually. We hope to resume in-person mentoring sessions over lunch on school grounds in the future. Seasonal residents welcome! To learn more about mentoring, attend an All About Mentoring session by visiting https://ChampionsForLearning.org/LearnMore or by contacting Kristin Peras at KPeras@ChampionsForLearning.org or 239-643-4755.

 

About the Opportunity: Change the life of a young person by becoming a mentor in Champions For Learning’s Take Stock in Children program. Mentors are often the first non-authority, adult relationship a student has. Not only is this a crucial life skill, but a mentor may become a special advocate role that a parent, teacher, or peer cannot fill. We carefully match mentors with a high school student of the same gender. Meetings occur on school grounds, over lunch hour or at the Champions For Learning office. Currently, mentor sessions are only taking place virtually through a staff-supervised video format. The program requires 15 mentor/mentee sessions per academic year, but you may meet more often if you so choose. You may request a specific school but please keep in mind this may delay your match until a student that meets your requests is accepted into the program.


The Volunteer Role: Mentors are a trusted advocate and an excellent listener, helping the student reach their goals and develop life skills. We will provide you with guidelines and benchmarks to help inform the focus of your meetings. Overall, your role is to support your mentee and ensure they take advantage of the resources and opportunities available. If at any point you have concerns about your mentee, please contact our staff and we’ll help resolve the issue.


Requirements: There are no skill or experience requirements to become a mentor. Mentors continue to mentor the same student through his/her high school graduation to continue building a relationship with the same student and family. To ensure the safety of our students, mentor candidates should be residents of Lee or Collier County for at least 2 years (whether year-round or seasonal residency). Background checks and fingerprinting will also be conducted. Depending on the time of year, you may wait several months before being matched. An All About Mentoring session is offered for individuals seeking to learn more about this opportunity.

To learn more, visit: http://championsforlearning.org/Volunteer

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Volunteers needed through 6/30/2021

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