Mentors needed for January! Learn more at a mentor open house on October 30

Have you been through the college application process? Your expertise is needed! Help a family with no experience of the post-high-school planning process stay on track during junior and senior year. 

Attend an informational open house on Tuesday, October 30, from 6:00-7:00 p.m., in the Newton North cafeteria. For more information or to apply, contact Melissa Hanenberger at melissa_hanenberger@newton.k12.ma.us or 617-559-6347.

Goals of mentoring program

  • Help families make sense of and use the resources that Newton North provides
  • Guide families through Newton North's College Planning Guide and help them adhere to its timeline for post-high-school planning
  • Better integrate families into the Newton North community
  • Build a trust relationship with another family over time

Mentor qualifications

  • A sincere desire to assist a student and his/her family with post-high-school planning
  • An ability to communicate appropriately, openly, and without judgment
  • Practical problem-solving skills
  • Strong listening skills
  • Commitment to continually work on establishing and growing a relationship
  • An ability to suggest alternatives in a respectful and collaborative way
  • Sensitivity to persons of all backgrounds
  • Knowledge of a second language in addition to English a plus

Responsibilities, Commitment, and Support

  1. Attend a 1.5-hour in-person mentor training session prior to beginning the mentoring relationship
  2. Make a commitment of 5 to 10 hours/month for 18 months in order to develop and maintain a relationship with a high school junior/senior and his/her family. Responsibilities include
  • Attending monthly group meetings with other mentors and mentees and Newton North staff
  • Communicating with mentor and family regularly
  • Completing communication log and communicating with program staff regularly

Steps to becoming a mentor

  • Complete online application
  • Complete CORI and SORI application
  • Participate in 20-minute phone interview with program staff
  • Attend 1.5-hour training session
  • Attend first monthly group meeting; meet mentee family