In the academic year 2017-2018, Steps to Success will pilot our College Mentoring
program. The preliminary objective is to launch a formal mentoring program, wherein students
in Steps’ College Success Initiative (CSI) are mentored by external professionals with similar degree or
professional backgrounds. Given CSI’s focus on college access and persistence, mentoring, which
has a proven track record to positively impact both areas, is a natural expansion of CSI’s programming.
Mentors can serve many roles for students, including providing emotional support, friendship, and
advocacy, as well as providing coaching, advising, and planning and goal-setting support.
Mentors will receive an initial training and orientation about our students and program expectations, along with ongoing support from the CSI Advisor staff to address any challenges they are experiencing. Mentors will also receive small gifts in appreciation of their service to our students and will be recognized at a celebration dinner at the end of the school year in June.
Some of the indicators that we will measure to determine the effectiveness of the mentoring program
College persistence rates between mentored and non-mentored peers
Difference in grade point level averages between mentored and non-mentored peers
Number of professional pathways, contacts or networks developed as a result of mentor
We have also drafted a preliminary list of expectations and deliverables for the mentor matches below,
as an initial guide for participants.
Expectations for College Students and Professional Mentors:
1. Meet at least two times per semester (or one time per quarter)
- Ideally in person, but can be via phone, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, etc.
- Passion List
- Areas of Strength and Areas of Improvement
- What do you want in 2 years, 5 years, 10 years
- SMART goals for the year
4. Professional mentor provides feedback on IDP and connects to relevant resources and
5. College student keeps running list of questions for professional mentor, which can be asked
through email or during a meeting
6. College student develops a resume, which professional mentor will critique/revise
- Child Advocacy
- People Skills
- Cross-cultural Communication
- Relationship Building
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Orientation or Training