What will I actually do as a Mentor?
Formal Community mentoring at the academy can take many forms. In the past, Community Mentors have interacted with scholars in a variety of ways including:
- Reading and discussing works of literature with the scholars.
- Teaching a weekly class on the mentor's area of expertise.
- Volunteering to allow scholar's to shadow the mentor at their place of employment.
- Overseeing creative scholar projects such as art, writing, wood-working, sculpting, coding, etc..
- Functioning as a panelist during question and answer sessions with the scholars.
- Being the guest lecturer during assemblies.
What is the time commitment for a community mentor?
Community Mentors may participate in the mentoring program as much as their schedule allows. The structure and content of a mentor's subject will largely determine how much time mentors devote to the program. However, Mentors are asked to be willing to devote a sufficient amount of time to make the experience meaningful to the scholar participating. Because true mentoring involves building a strong interpersonal relationship between the mentor and the mentee, we typically encourage mentors to be willing to commit to multiple interactions with the scholars.
What background or expertise is required?
John Adams Academy encourages and seeks Community Mentors of all backgrounds, professions, and areas of expertise. Although specialization is an important aspect of modern employment, we do not require any specific credentials, licenses, or educational attainment for an individual to function as a mentor to our scholars. The most important qualifications we require of our mentors are:
- A willingness and desire to serve.
- A positive and uplifting attitude and demeanor.
- A passion for their area of mentorship.
- Full support of the mission and vision of the academy.
- High standards of moral conduct.
How do I become a Mentor?
If you have an interest in participating as a formal Community Mentor at John Adams Academy please reach out to the Director of Mentoring, Tim Gervais, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.