Mentor: a wise and trusted friend
Mentors agree to meet with their GEM mentee a minimum of two times a month. You are encouraged to have phone, e-mail, text or facebook contact with your mentee once a week.
Mentors generally spend a minimum of four hours a month in contact with their GEM girl.
Mentors are asked for a 3-year commitment to the GEM program. Mentors are matched with a sophomore GEM girl who is entering her first full year of GEM programming. GEM is a three year program.
All GEM mentors are required to attend a mentor training session. At that time you will meet the Program Director and the Mentor Coordinator. You will receive general information about roles and expectations for mentors. The Mentor Coordinator is available year-round to provide on-going support with your mentor-mentee relationship.
The GEM Mentor Coordinator will let you know the dates for the September Mentor Training session, the September Mentor Matching Ceremony and the October Tea For Three event. These are the three GEM activities we ask that all mentors attend.
Mentors are encouraged to spend time with their mentee exploring mutual leisure time activities as well as career interests. The GEM Mentor Coordinator will provide you with a list of activities, from free to moderately expensive, that you can do. Such activities include attending college fairs together, playing tennis, having your mentor job shadow you at work, or attending a cultural event together.
Yes, we encourage mentors and mentees to exchange home and cell phone numbers, as well as e-mail addresses so you can be in contact with one another.
As with any new relationship, it takes time to build trust in order to feel comfortable sharing personal information. At the Mentor Mentee Meet and Greet, GEM leaders will facilitate a couple of activities that will serve as ice breakers to help mentors and mentees get to know one another. Some GEM girls who come from more supportive home environments will have an easier time opening up to their mentor. Others may be more cautious in letting their mentor get close to them. With these girls, it may be best to talk about less personal topics, such as a current popular movie or a sport they may play. Eventually, once they see you opening up about yourself a bit, they may feel as though they can talk to you about their hopes and dreams.
Mentors are not asked to make a financial commitment to their GEM girl.