Mentoring at its essence, let’s students know that there is someone invested and committed to them. A mentor helps a young person understand that they are not alone. They help to provide guidance and may act as a sounding board when students are faced with day-to-day challenges. Effective mentoring offers students the opportunity for personal growth and development as well as exposes them to social and economic opportunities. Research has shown that quality mentoring relationships have positive effects that last a lifetime.
By becoming a Starfish Mentor and supporting a Starfish Scholar academically and socially, sharing your professional experiences and networks, you will help to place them on a path to success. You will let our Scholars know they matter.
Be a Mentor. Change a Life. Make a Difference.
Young Adults Who Were At-Risk for Falling Off Track
But Had a Mentor Are:
Mentoring has significant positive effects on two early warning indicators that a student may be falling off-track:
High levels of absenteeism (Kennelly & Monrad, 2007)
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)
Recurring behavior problems (Thurlow, Sinclair & Johnson, 2002)
Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor.
(The Mentoring Effect, 2014)
In addition to better school attendance and a better chance of going on to higher education, mentored youth maintain better attitudes toward school.
(The Role of Risk, 2013)
Who can be a Mentor?
Who would I Mentor?
What does a Mentor do?
Why do students need a Mentor?
What is my time commitment?
Starfish Mentors make a two-year commitment to their Scholar. In those two years, we ask that you and your Scholar meet at least twice a month, in-person and by call, text, or email once on the “off” weeks. A very high percentage of our Mentors ask to remain with their Scholar the last two years of high school – for the big payoff, high school graduation and college enrollment!
What does "meet twice a month" mean?
How do I become a Starfish Mentor?
*** If you still have questions and would like more information about becoming a Starfish Mentor or if you have completed a Mentor Application and have not received a response to your mentor application submission after 48 hours, please contact Jasmine Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org ***
What qualities make for a successful Mentor?
Commitment. Mentoring relationships take time to make a positive impact.
Ability to listen. Listen, ask thoughtful questions, and allow students to explore their own thoughts.
Empathy. Good mentors can feel for people without feeling pity for them.
Problem-solving. Help a student make sense of issues and suggest alternatives; but your student makes the decisions.
Flexibility and openness. Good mentors take time to get to know their student and are open to learning about new trends and new technologies.
Patience. Allow the student to move through the relationship at their own pace and be patient through the coaching process to help students reevaluate their goals.
Why is Mentoring important?
Better school attendance
Better attitudes toward school
Better chances of pursuing higher education
Less likelihood to begin using drugs
More positive social attitudes and relationships
What do I DO with my scholar?
What are the detailed eligibility requirements to become a Starfish Mentor?
I am 21+ years of age with a post-secondary degree
I am able to meet with my Scholar 2 times per month
I am able to connect via phone, text, email, or social media with my Scholar once a week
I have a valid driver's license and valid auto insurance
I have reliable transportation with no citations for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving, or license suspension for at least 3 years. (If an applicant has a significant history of driving of driving record offenses, it will be at the discretion of the programming staff if the applicant is accepted.)
I have no felony convictions or criminal records of any kind involving violent crimes
I have no criminal record involving a violent crime
I am able to attend an in-person interview with a Starfish staff member and attend an orientation training
I will give consent for Starfish Initiative to complete background, sex offender, and driving record checks
I will submit two reference forms (provided by Starfish) by the time of orientation, one personal and one professional
I will attend the required orientation/training session and will complete ongoing check-in meetings with Starfish staff
I am aware that if not accepted into the program, the reason for not being accepted will not be disclosed to me or a non-Starfish representative