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Mentor: a wise and trusted friend

We are currently seeking women of all backgrounds and professions to become a part of our amazing cadre of GEM mentors. Each GEM girl is paired with her own female mentor who shares the same hobbies, passions, or professional aspirations. We work hard to match each pair with careful consideration.  We hold a training to help prepare and guide new mentors into this important role. The commitment is small, but the rewards are big! Please consider becoming a mentor and changing the life of a young woman.  Simply click here to fill out a mentor application and start your journey.  If you have more questions, please see our FAQ below.

Due to COVID-19, we are conducting all trainings and meetings virtually. We are asking mentors to continue their communication with their mentee virtually until it is safe to resume in-person activities.

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Mentors generally spend two to four hours a month in contact with their GEM girl. This includes in-person activities with your mentee a minimum of once a month and contact through phone, e-mail, text or social media once a week.
In order to guide our GEM girls in the best way, we ask that mentors be over the age of 25 and have a college degree. A few other important attributes are patience, kindness, perseverance and a willingness to try new things.
GEM is a three year program. Mentors are asked for a three year commitment to the GEM program. Mentors are matched with a sophomore GEM girl who is entering her first full year of GEM programming. It is important to establish a long-term relationship as many of the GEM girls struggle to open up right away and many struggle with trust.
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 send 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. In addition, there are mentor and mentee fun pair activites planned monthly. These are not required, but encouraged!
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 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 they can talk to you about their hopes and dreams.
Mentors are not asked to make a financial commitment to their GEM girl.

Ready to become a mentor?   Click here to take the first step by filling out a mentor application.