An effective mentoring relationship is characterized by mutual respect, trust, understanding and empathy. Good mentors are able to share life experiences and wisdom, as well as technical expertise. They are good listeners, good observers and good problem-solvers who set aside uninterrupted time for their students. They are approachable and available, and open to a two-way dialogue. They try to know, accept, respect and champion the goals and interests of the student. They stay in touch with their students, and their students stay in touch with them, building a sustained relationship over time.
They help students identify the questions they need to be asking; they promote the student's confidence, self-advocacy and independent thinking. They offer their students constructive criticism as well as praise. They help their students build networks and they look out for opportunities for them. Mentors establish an environment in which the student's accomplishments are limited only by the extent of his or her talent.
Gwinnett County Public Schools has one of the few mentoring programs embedded within a school district. We recruit mentors, both men and women, year-round. We need adults whose strengths lie in being a coach, motivator, challenger, protector, supporter, listener and advocate.
You may end up with more than just a mentee — but a new member of your family. The life you might end up impacting and enriching could be your own.
Are you interested in being a mentor for the Community-Based Mentoring Program? Contact us for additional information 770-682-8086.