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Your primary role as a mentor is to be caring and supportive as your scholar develops into the best young adult they can be. Then, it is supporting your scholar in achieving our Core Program Guide goals. Along with that, you may take on other roles that occur naturally as your relationship grows, such as study partner or academic coach. These guides were created to help you create strong mentoring relationships and build your mentoring skills and expertise.




I. Building Relationships



  • To build and sustain trust
  • To practice active listening skills
  • To communicate effectively



II. College Access  + Funding College



  • To support the path to college
  • To prepare for college applications
  • To recognize the types of financial aid
  • To explain how to obtain financial aid


III. Family Involvement


  • To build trust and communicate with parents
  • To set boundaries
  • To create opportunities to involve family


IV. The Individual Scholar
  • To explore personal interests
  • To support youth development
  • To set goals and problem solve


V. Habits of Success
  • To support growth of life skills
  • To be advocates for academic excellenc
  • To build career skills and support networking

What is included in the discussion guides?

Reflections, tips, practice scenarios, and links to learn more are embedded throughout. If you are a more seasoned mentor, feel free to skip around to parts with information or resources that are most helpful to you. (Check out the ‘Screen Tips’ when you hover over links too!)

Thank you to the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation for supporting the creation of these important resources. We are grateful for your support.