OUR MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
The Yellowstone Strengths Academy Mentoring Program engages adult volunteers for a period of one year. Mentors help aspiring workers between the ages of 16-23 to gain stronger insights into their natural talents while sharpening their communication, interpersonal and professional skills.
Mentors must be at least 21 years of age, live in Yellowstone County and:
Take the lead in supporting the participant through an ongoing, one-to-one or group mentoring relationship
Serve as a positive role model and advisor
Help participants build self-esteem and motivation
Support goal setting and assist the student in working toward accomplishing them
Though we are often taught that mentorship is a one-way street, most active mentors find that having a mentor/mentee relationship is equally beneficial for their own personal growth and development as well.
When working with younger, aspiring workers, it is not uncommon to remember being in their shoes as you simultaneously realize how far you’ve come. This kind of perspective can be tremendously helpful in growing your leadership capacity and recognizing your strengths.
There are plenty of other benefits too, like:
Personal fulfillment through contribution to the community and individuals
Training sessions and group activities
Participation in a mentor peer group
Ongoing support and supervision to help the match succeed
Ready to make an impact as a mentor?
How does mentoring work?
In this pilot project, one or two mentors will be randomly paired to a small group of mentees (no more than 3-4 individuals). Regardless of experience, mentors will receive training in advance of being matched. This ensures that everyone understands the process and what to expect. Yellowstone Strengths Academy will also provide regular emails with ideas and information to support your match.
Where will we meet?
During this pilot, all meetings will occur at the Billings Skyview High School . Mentors are not responsible for student transportation or arrangement of places and times to meet – we take care of everything. All you have to do is show up once per month and maintain contact with your mentee(s).
When will we meet?
Meetings will occur one Wednesday afternoon per month with periodic outreach to mentees via text, email or phone. To ensure that time frames work, mentors receive a schedule in advance of being matched to students. If you have an hour or so available one Wednesday afternoon per month, this could be a perfect fit!
What will we talk about?
Students will attend training courses weekly on Wednesdays during the "early out" period. We will designate certain days for mentor activity to compliment different courses and/or reinforce learning. Mentors may attend student training, if desired. Regardless, each mentor will receive a highlight sheet to guide the mentoring discussions that follow.
I’ve never been a mentor before. Is that a problem?
Not at all. Whether you’re a seasoned mentor or brand new, we can help you learn, grow and serve your mentees. We’ll provide support and education all along the way.
For more information about becoming a mentor, please contact us
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