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One of the ways students engage with youth in the Richmond community is through mentoring.

According to the Virginia Mentoring Partnership:

"Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support, and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee."

The most common form of mentoring is the traditional one-on-one form of mentoring. Many college students also participate in team mentoring, a form of mentoring that connects a team of mentors with a small group of students. While the strength in traditional mentoring is in the personal connection, the strength of team mentoring is in the opportunity for the leaders to model healthy friendships and develop a positive culture within the group.

The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) supports many ways to accomplish the core goal of mentoringnamely, fostering healthy, encouraging relationships.

The tabs below provide information that will be helpful in exploring mentoring opportunities, registering for a mentoring site, requesting funds for an activity, and developing yourself as a mentor.

The CCE host various events throughout the year to support students working with youth in the community.

Mentor Meals provide a relaxed setting for mentors to discuss different aspects of mentoring and working with youth, over a free meal provided by teh CCE. Check back soon for a list of Mentor Meals for the Fall 2014 semester.

Mentoring Checklist

Interested in being a mentor? Review this mentoring checklist to get ready:

  1. Click the tab on this webpage titled "Mentoring Opportunities" to see a quick list of mentoring opportunities. You can also visit the CCE Map to check out our 30+ community partners across the City.
  2. Visit the CCE Office in THC 201 during Advising Hours Monday - Friday from 2-4 p.m. to speak with a CCE staff member one-on-one about mentoring opportunities.
  3. Meet many of our community partners at ENRICHmond on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 3-5 p.m. in the University Forum. 
  4. Select a community partner site that fits your interests and availability.
  5. Register with a community partner via the CCE SpiderConnect registration form and notify Alyssa Boisvert as soon as you have submitted your registration. 
  6. If you are a first-time volunteer in this program, attend your scheduled program orientation before starting at your community partner site. See the important dates webpage for program orientation dates.
  7. If you are a first-time mentor, be sure to also attend the required mentor training as well. See the important dates webpage for mentor training dates.
  8. If you want to learn more about how to be a successful mentor, be sure to attend ongoing educational events throughout the semester! Check out the "Mentoring Events" tab below for opportunities.
Mentoring Fund

The mentoring fund offers UR students an opportunity to fund special mentoring projects and events. If you have an idea for an educational activity, end-of-the-year celebration, special event, etc. please complete the CCE Mentoring Fund Application. Once you have submitted the application, please notify Alyssa Boisvert via email. 

For other funding opportunities, check out the CCE's additional enrichment funds.

Mentoring Opportunities

The CCE offers a range of mentoring opportunities. Most involve volunteering with a community partner for one or two hours a week. Follow the links below to explore potential mentoring opportunities.

K-12

Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT): One-on-one mentoring with a focus on academic support, Monday and Tuesday, 5:30-7 p.m., and Wednesday, 3-7:30 p.m.

Peter Paul Development Center: One-on-one mentoring with a focus on academic support, Monday-Thursday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. or 4-6 p.m.

Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Church Hill and Southside: One-on-one and small group mentoring with a focus on academic support, performing arts, and college preparation. Shifts are available during and after school on weekdays.

St. Joseph's Villa, "Villa Pals" program: One-on-one mentoring with a focus on relationship building, Monday-Friday, 12-1:30 p.m. or 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Elementary:

Northside Family YMCA: Team mentoring with a focus on health and fitness, Thursdays, 4-5:15 p.m., staring Oct. 1, 2015

Overby-Sheppard Elementary School: One-on-one "Lunch Buddy" mentoring between the hours of 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Includes having lunch with an elementary school child during one or more half-hour lunch sessions.

St. Andrew's School: One-on-one mentoring in the Academics and Creative Enrichment (ACE) after-school program with a focus on academic support and the arts, Monday-Thursday, 3:10-6 p.m.

Youth Life Foundation of Richmond, Delmont Learning Center: One-on-one mentoring with a focus on academic support, Monday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m.

Youth Life Foundation of Richmond, Highland Park Learning Center: One-on-one mentoring with a focus on academic support, Monday-Thursday, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Youth Life Foundation of Richmond, Northminster Children Learning Center: One-on-one mentoring with a focus on academic support, Monday-Thursday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Middle School:

AMP! Metro Richmond at Henderson Middle School: One-on-one mentoring with a focus on relationship building, Tuesday lunch period, 12:15-1 p.m.

Henderson Middle School: One-on-one mentoring with a foucs on academic support, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Henderson Middle School after-school: Small group mentoring run by the UR student organization, Future American Men of Excellence (FAME)

Higher Achievement at Henderson Middle School and Boushall Middle School: Small group mentoring with an emphasis on college access, readiness, and success; Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Youth Life Foundation of Richmond, Northminster Teen Learning Center: One-on-one mentoring with a focus on academic support; Monday and Tuesday 4:30-6:30 p.m.

High School:

John Marshall High School: Team mentoring with an emphasis on college access, readiness, and success; Monday, Thursday and Friday, 11:35 a.m.-1 p.m. and one-on-one mentoring with the GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP) Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Youth Life Foundation of Richmond, Northminster Learning Center: One-on-one mentoring with a focus on academic support; Monday and Tuesday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Mentoring Resources

This mentoring-resources list offers advice, ideas, and wisdom about how to mentor more effectively:

Activity ideas

Minute to Win It: This television show has developed an impressive database of quick, easy, competive, and fun games that are sure to delight mentees.

The National Mentoring Partnership and Virginia Mentoring Partnership: The national and state mentoring partnerships are centers committed to developing the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships in Virginia and across the nation. These websites host program ideas, training webinars, and conferences for mentors in search of a community of practitioners for support and insight.

Research, best practices, and advice

Handbook for Youth Mentoring, Second Edition (located in the CCE library): A thorough compilation of the most current research on mentoring, this handbook is the perfect starting point for students interested in creating or improving a mentoring program or researching best practices.

Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring:This is a short and simple overview of the core "best practices" widely accepted by the mentoring community. This is an introducation to anyone interested in learning more about the full cycle of a healthy mentoring relationship.

The Chronicle of Evidenced-Based Mentoring: This online journal hosts the most up-to-date research on mentoring in a readable, blog format. This is a great place to find an academic context for your mentoring experience and insight into youth development from experts in the field.

Mentoring 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know (located in the CCE library): This pocket-sized book presents mentoring from a leadership perspective. Accessible and thoughtful, it contains numerous bits of wisdom for mentors of all types.

Training for mentors

After-School is NOT School: This is the training presentation used for all Henderson Middle School Renaissance after-school programs. Check it out!

Observation and Feedback Form - College Prep: This is an example of the observation rubric used by CCE staff to observe mentor teams and guide program development.

Mentor Team Guide: If you're interested in mentor teams, this guide is for you! In it, you will learn about the six steps to starting and sustaining a team mentoring programs successfully.

The CCE staff has also developed on-going trainings for mentors to process their experience and share with others. These are related to issues many mentors experience while they're mentoring:

"The Art of Motivating" 

"Milestones and Moving On" 

Mentoring Events
The CCE and other on-campus offices host events for students working with youth in Richmond through one of the CCE programs.

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