1) Who are mentors and what do they do?

 

  • Mentors inform and invite you to community events so that you can stay connected with peers and the community.
  • A mentor is a good listener.  They can also help you find support and resources within the community (professional or otherwise) when needed and check in on you are doing (weekly).
  • Mentors are second year students and above.
  • All mentors operate respecting your confidentiality. 
  • Mentor’s provide support for both domestic students and international students.
  • Mentors provide a mental health support system.
  • A mentor is someone you can confide in about issues you are having. The mentor is not there to provide advice, but to be a listening ear and offer support resources when needed. 
  • The time commitment for you is minimal. It can be as little as a phone call, text or email once a week for a minute or two, or as lengthy as the two would like (if a friendship develops). There are also dinners once a month which are great opportunities to have a meal and connect. 

 

2) What do I do if I do not “click” with my mentor?

 

Please feel free to contact Theresa Robinson with Campus Ministry if you are needing support with the mentorship program

 

I see that the Mentorship program is run through "campus ministry". What if I am not Catholic or I don't want to talk about faith?

 

Mentors are not primarily there to discuss issues of faith. If questions of faith or spirituality come up, the mentor and mentee need to mutually agree to discuss this topic. In addition to this, the mentor will direct you to the correct avenues (such as Campus Ministry) if questions of faith arise. The purpose of the mentorship program is not primarily a spiritual one. 

 

 

3) What is the time commitment?

 

The time commitment for both mentors and mentees is minimal. It can be as little as a phone call, text or email once a week for a minute or two, or as lengthy as the two would like (if a friendship develops or the need is there). There are also dinners once a month which are great opportunities to have a meal and connect. 

 

4) Why should I become a mentor?

 

Mentors will benefit from the experience of being in a leadership, supportive role within the community. They benefit from the training and experiences they will receive throughout the year. Most importantly, they know that they have had the opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life. All mentors that have carried through with the program have the opportunity to receive a volunteer reference letter at the end of the year.