Mentors

Role of a Mentor

The Peer Latino Mentor Program is an integral part of the Woodbury School of Business retention efforts and is designed to provide a rewarding experience for both the mentor and the mentee. The mentor program matches an experienced student, known as the mentor with a mentee. Serving as a mentor requires the following:

  • Provide positive assistance to students participating in the mentor program
  • Assist in the development of skills necessary for mentees to succeed in college
  • Guide the development of academic goals and expectations
  • Motivate students toward achieving academic excellence
  • Improve the self-esteem of mentees
  • Be a consistent resource and referral for the mentee
  • Be a positive role model, friend, and confidante
  • Encourage a mentee to meet frequently with his/her academic advisor
  • Arrange and meet with the student at agreed upon intervals for feedback and planning
  • Encourage mentees to utilize campus resources, faculty, and staff

Role of a Mentee

The Peer Latino Mentor Program is an integral part of the Woodbury School of Business retention efforts and is designed to provide a rewarding experience for both the mentor and the mentee. The mentor program matches an experienced student, known as the mentor with a mentee. Serving as a mentee is voluntary, but requires the following:

  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Seek advice from mentor
  • Visit your academic advisor
  • Communicate progress and concerns with your mentor
  • Attend your classes
  • Let him/her know what is on your mind
  • Assume responsibility for your own professional growth & development
  • Set goals and make decisions to achieve those goals
  • Utilize campus resources

What to Expect from Your Mentor?

  • Mentors set good examples with their behavior
  • Encourage friendship
  • Teach what they know about life at the university
  • Give spontaneous feedback
  • Encourage mentees to take charge of their life
  • Encourage mentees to pursue their academic goals
  • Help build self-confidence
  • Encourage professional behavior
  • Provide growth experiences
  • Coach their mentees
  • Encourage a winning behavior
  • Inspire their mentees
  • Share critical knowledge

Best Practices

  • Remember to BE PATIENT Building trust takes time. Not everyone is like you! The thing to realize is, your help may be just what is needed.
  • ENERGY and PERSESTIENCE conquer all things. Academic barriers are overcome through praise, impact, and dedication.
  • SET BOUNDARIES The Mentor role is important, but was not intended to replace advisors, social service professionals, university staff or family. A mentor can guide a student to the appropriate source for additional help.
  • UNDERSTAND THE ISSUE FROM ANOTHER STUDENT’S VIEWPOINT Stop and truly listen before giving advice or making judgement. A great mentor always listens.
  • BE HONEST Integrity is important as a mentor and nobody is perfect. If you make mistakes, admit it. Say you are sorry. This action builds trust.
  • BE THERE Just the sound of your concerned voice can make a big difference in the life of a student.
  • BE OPTIMISTIC Mentors are in the business of helping people to make succeed and most of their lives. Remember to allow mentee’s and yourself to make a few mistakes as new concepts are learned.
  • BELIEVE IN YOURSELF Students in our School and community struggle with self-esteem. Your faith in them can be the greatest gift you can give.
  • PERSERVERANCE Be honest with yourself when you commit to becoming a mentor. The time engaged in mentoring changes lives.

Do's and Dont's

DO

  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Interact with students
  • Be positive, friendly and out going
  • Don’t be preferential
  • Keep advisors informed
  • Have an activity at least once a week
  • Be outgoing
  • Use other mentors as resources
  • Respect the time and effort others put into your experience
  • Show care and concern for others

DON'T

  • Don’t date your mentor/mentee
  • Don’t drink with your mentor/mentee
  • Don’t do illegal drugs
  • Don’t break laws
  • Don’t counsel
  • Don’t encourage the “party” school reputation
  • Don’t allow yourself to get over-loaded
  • Don’t ignore messages from your mentor/mentee
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  • Don’t share anything that others tell you in confidence

Mentor Obligation Agreement

I understand the goals of the Peer Latino Mentor Program, which are to provide appropriate support and academic services to enable students to successfully complete their educational goals. To support the program I agree to do the following:

  • Meet with my mentee once a week or on a regular basis throughout the semester.
  • Communicate with my mentee to find any obstacles that might hinder academic success.
  • Attend all Peer Latino Meetings and trainings.
  • Contact the Peer Latino Mentor Advisors immediately with issues or concerns.
  • Uphold all Utah Valley University Student Conduct Standards found at https://www.uvu.edu/studentconduct
  • Maintain a 3.0 g.p.a.

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