Through positive role modeling, we see multiple successes in our mentoring program, from higher promotion and graduation rates; to improved academics and improved behavior. Mentors commit, at minimum, 4hrs/month to the program, and go through a background check. Students and mentors are matched based on career interests and information obtained during mentor and student interviews. The first mentor meeting consists of time for the mentor and mentee to get to know each other while participate in goal setting activities that help identify activities and projects mentors and mentees can do together.
Once a mentor and mentee are matched and complete their initial meeting, their relationship begins to flourish; they plan future activities and meet independently. Additionally, Esperanza hosts regular activities and outings such as museums, sports, and social outings that mentors/mentees can participate in.
Mentors are required to submit monthly reports to program staff, providing details on the activities, interactions, and discussions that have taken place for the month. Staff also conducts monthly phone conversations with mentors to monitor the relationship and assess whether the student would benefit from any additional resources/services.