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What It Takes to Be a Mentor

College Promise Program mentors meet weekly with their mentee at the student’s high school. The mentoring session lasts between 30 and 60 minutes and takes place during school hours. The day of the week and the specific time are determined by the mentor and mentee, depending upon their individual schedules.

College Promise Program mentors receive orientation and training that provides them with the necessary tools to successfully take on this role.

College Promise mentors also take part in a criminal background check, which ensures that each and every mentor meets a high standard of good citizenship and protects the interest of the mentee, their family, the high school, and the College Promise Program.

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Mentors Can Help with Homework Questions Leading to Improved Academic Skills

  • 59% of mentored youth improve their grades. (Career Beginnings)
  • 86% of mentored youth go on to higher education. (Proctor and Gamble)

Mentors Help Keep Students in School

  • Students with the highest risk of dropping out benefited the most from a mentor. (Jikielek et al 2002)
  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. (Public/Private Ventures Study of Big Brothers/Big Sisters)

Volunteer to Be a Mentor

Nothing is more rewarding than making a difference in the life of a young person. A mentor is a caring adult who freely gives their own time to a young person. A mentor can have a profound effect on the amount of a success that young person might have. To a young person, a mentor guarantees that there is someone who cares and that they are not alone in dealing with the everyday challenges they face.

Mentors provide a sounding board; an opportunity to talk and be heard; emotional support; encouragement to be more involved at school or in the community; guidance; friendship; support; and, most of all, a positive role model.

Mentors provide sound advice and accurate information on issues ranging from school work to family and peer relations.

For more information, download and print MCOCP's Mentoring Brochure.

If you are interested in becoming a College Promise Program mentor, download and print an application.