Mission & Vision
Great Expectations’ Mentor Program seeks to change outcomes for current and former foster care youth by matching Great Expectations program participant (mentees) with professionals (mentors) in order to provide mentees with guidance and the tools needed to be successful in their chosen career paths and in life. We view mentorship as an important fundamental foundation to success. We encourage mentees to use this unique and supportive networking opportunity to gain insight into themselves, the world in which they live and the world in which they hope to be a part of in the future.
What is the goal of a Great Expectations mentor?
Great Expectations Mentors are trusted community members that help current and former foster care youth achieve their academic and professional goals. Mentors also set a positive example and become a resource to their mentee.
What duties are expected of mentors?
After attending a two (2) hour Mentor Orientation session, mentors will be matched with one of our Great Expectations participants. Great Expectations participants vary in age and are at different stages in their academic and professional paths. Mentors make a commitment to meet with their mentees at least twice a month and to be in communication with their mentee for a total of 4 hours a month. Mentors are also encouraged to participate in other Great Expectations events.
I have never mentored a college student or foster care youth. Am I qualified?
Of course! Mentors will not only receive training about our program and participants, but will also be offered support throughout their mentoring relationship by the Great Expectations’ Mentoring Coordinator. Your positive attitude, desire to mentor, and interest in learning about your mentee will be your keys to success as a mentor.
How much time do I need to commit to the program?
Mentors must attend a two (2) hour orientation. In addition, mentors meet or have contact with their mentee at least twice a month but it is encourage to attempt to have some type of contact on a weekly basis for one (1) year. (Examples of contact could be face-to-face meetings for coffee or a meal, phone conversations, video chats, texts and/or emails.) After orientation and before being matched, mentors are invited to attend Great Expectations events to get to know our participants and gain a better understanding of our program.
Where does mentoring take place?
Mentoring can take place at PVCC or a mutually agreed upon accessible public location. E-mentoring (texts, phone calls, i-message, or video chat) is also allowed and encouraged.
Is mentoring effective?
Absolutely! Research has shown that college students who have mentors are more engaged in their work and tend to have a better overall well-being. The effects of mentoring can last a lifetime and have a significant impact on a mentee’s career and life goals.
How do I apply?
Contact the Great Expectations Mentor/Volunteer Coordinator, Icess Booker at 434.961.6506 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank You
Are you a Great Expectations participant? Are you interested in having a mentor who can help you reach your academic and career goals?
Apply for the Great Expectations Mentoring Program.
- Mentees will be matched with a mentor from the community. Mentees make a commitment to meet with their mentors at least twice a month and to be in communication with their mentor for a total of 4 hours a month for a year; however, mentees are encouraged to have some type of contact with their mentor on a weekly basis.
- Mentees must attend a two (2) hour orientation before being matched with a mentor.
- Mentees will have the chance to build and improve upon their social and professional skills, gain access to academic assistance, and obtain guidance with professional goals while meeting with their mentor.
Want to know more? Contact the Great Expectations Mentor/Volunteer Coordinator, Icess Booker at 434.961.6506 or email@example.com. Thanks