STUDENT MENTORING PROJECT
American Humanics Program
CaliforniaState University, Fresno
The AH Student Mentoring Project is designed to enrich the experiences of American Humanics students through advice, support, and encouragement by current leaders in our learning community.
Structure of the program
Student mentoring will be a service offered to registered American Humanics students at the beginning of each semester (Fall semester: August to December; Spring semester: January to May). A mentoring manager, designated by the campus director, will coordinate the service.
Population to be served
Students registered in the AH program at California State University, Fresno. Students and mentors will be required to complete a brief Application/Request for Mentoring. Students will request either a peer mentor or professional mentor and will be matched by AH staff and/or the mentoring manager.
Mentors will be recruited from the local area. In order to make matching the mentor and mentee easier, the mentor will be asked to complete a brief application. Mentors from the independent sector will be sought; however, mentors from the public and private sectors may also participate if a special need is identified (for example: a student who is a Health Science major may be matched with an experienced health practitioner).
Type of mentoring offered
Mentoring focus will include professional development and decision making, career exploration, best practices in the independent sector, development of a professional/personal mission statement and leadership style.
The mentor and mentee will commit to two 1-hour contacts per month. It is recommended that at least one contact be face-to-face and the other may be via phone or e-mail. Both mentor and mentee will sign an agreement to meet.
The length of commitment will be one semester. Mentees may request a mentor each semester and be matched to a variety of mentors during the course of their AH experience. In this way mentors and mentees can benefit from the breath of information within our learning community.
A social event will take place at the beginning of each semester as a “kick off event” to enable the mentors and mentees to interact. In this way participants may feel more comfortable beginning the matching process.
The mentoring manager will act as a point of contact for the program. The manager will recruit new mentors as needed, ensure that all necessary documents are created and maintained, provide mediation to mentors and mentees as needed.
The mentoring manager will inform the mentors and mentees of the policies of the program and provide support as needed. These policies will be provided in writing and available at anytime from the manager.
The mentoring manager will make contact with mentees and mentors every other month to ensure identified goals are being met and that a connection to the AH program is maintained.
If problems arise, the mentoring manager will work with the mentor and mentee to resolve the issue. For example if either of the parties does not maintain the two contacts per month, the manager will be contacted by one of the parties to arrange a meeting and discuss concerns. If this intervention results in correction of the problem, no further action will be taken. If this first step does not result in resolution, then either party will contact the mentoring manager to discuss possible options to resolve the issue. The mentoring manager will offer solutions and attempt to resolve the matter in a way which is cooperative and satisfactory to all parties. If the problem is not resolved, the match may be dissolved and a new match may be created if warranted.
It is recommended that professional mentoring take place at the mentor’s place of business, a local public place such as a coffee shop, or on the Fresno State campus. It is further requested that personal information such as home phone numbers and address not be shared between mentor and mentee. Work and cell phone numbers as well as e-mail addresses may be shared. Social events directly related to the profession such as fundraising events, community action events, etc. may be attended by the mentor and mentee. However, personal social events such as birthday parties or going to a movie should not be attended by mentor/mentee matches.
Peer mentoring may include may include meeting at public places but will not be limited to such venues. Peers are considered a social contact and support for the student and both parties may choose to provide personal information and attend social events.
Goals for Mentoring Matches
At the initial meeting between mentor and mentee the following should occur:
- Establish a schedule for meeting and agree upon a place to meet.
- Establish how interim contact will take place (e-mail, cell phone, etc.)
- Establish at least 2 goals for the mentoring relationship based on the needs of the mentee. (See Goals in Service Packet)
- Share basic profile information.