Girls' Mentor Program (5th-6th)
About the Program
- What is a mentor?
- What is a mentee?
- Mentor commitment
- The Benefits
- Inquire about this program
The purpose of our mentor program is to make our students strong from the inside out--to build resilience. Students these days, especially our girls, need the support of a “village” to help them navigate a world that continues to send mixed messages through a variety of media sources. The village we intend to build consists of the girls’ families, Woodland faculty and its community. This program includes a female mentor who will act as an additional positive role model. The unique experiences and insights that each girl will gain by having a mentor will enhance her education at Woodland as well as be a rewarding and growth experience for each mentor as well.
What is a mentor?
A Mentor is a woman who provides a female student with support, counsel, friendship, and reinforcement. She is a role model. Mentors help to bring out the best in their mentees. Successful mentors have proven to be committed, dependable, and flexible. They will exercise good judgment in interacting with their mentee and mentee family.
- Help build connections
- Don’t need to have all the answers
- Listen clearly and openly
- Encourage and inspire
- Expose new ideas and directions
- Provide information and feedback
What is a mentee?
A Mentee is a 5th or 6th grade female student who develops herself with the assistance of her mentor (and the rest of the village).
- Help develop the relationship by finding common interests
- Show initiative
- Take responsibility for their development
- Identify goals and plans for the future with their mentors
- Provide positive feedback and encouragement to their mentors
- One event, one weekend day a month, total 9 events.
- One other “in-person” contact (preferably at the school, or off-site with parental permission only) in between events.
As Mentors you commit to join your mentee at each scheduled monthly Mentor Event (typically at the school on a weekend) and have at least one other “in-person” interaction with your mentee during the same month. We also request that you regularly phone or email your mentee to maintain the momentum in building your relationship. We are relying on you to ensure that your mentee attends all mentor events. Be sure that you have connected to your mentee’s family (and be sure they have the list of events). You can support your mentee in developing responsibility for remembering and following through on getting to these events.
We know parental support is a key success factor in fostering a strong mentor/mentee relationship. We will introduce parents to the program as well and encourage them to support their daughter’s participation in this program. It will be beneficial for you to look for opportunities to build rapport with your mentee’s parents as the year progresses.
For the Mentors
- Develop coaching and leadership skills
- Make a difference
- Help motivate our students
- Gain fresh perspective
- Feel satisfaction when mentee succeeds
- Learn from someone different from you
- Learn from other mentors
For the Mentees
- Receive advice and ideas
- Learn from others' experiences
- Have a champion
- Gain increased confidence
- Observe experienced role model
- Learn from someone new
- Learn new interests