Expectations of a Mentor

A “Good Mentor” is someone who:

  • Engages in a positive relationship with the child.
  • Gives attention to the child.
  • Has a positive self-esteem about him/herself.
  • Reacts well to stressful situations.
  • Tolerates frustrating situations.
  • Listens well.
  • Communicates on a level that the child can understand.
  • Is stable.
  • Provides leadership.
  • Is a positive role model.
  • Has an outstanding record of employment.
  • Does not engage in alcohol or drug abuse.
  • Meets on weekly basis with the mentee.
  • Shows up on time for sessions.
  • Does NOT have a criminal record.
  • Is willing to serve a minimum of one year in the program, hopefully more than that!
  • Cares about helping a needy child.
  • Is not a judgmental person.
  • Is committed.
  • Nurtures a relationship that respects the child’s dignity.
  • Accepts responsibilities.
  • Reinforces student’s success.

The mentor should not expect to:

  • Replace the role of a parent/guardian.
  • Expect dramatic changes in attitude, self-esteem or attendance quickly. Mentor is a process that takes time!
  • Provide solutions to all the issues facing student.
  • Break the trust they have established, unless it is life threatening to the student.