This article will introduce you to Mentor Training: what it is, why it's valuable, and how it will allow you to grow in your role as a mentor. Mentor Training will help guide you and your mentee through pivotal moments throughout the year.
These short (10 minutes or less), online learning modules are grade-specific and tailored to the curriculum season. Even better, they’re flexible - you'll be able to complete them at your own pace, in your own time, and even on the go. Watch the video, read below, and even provide us ideas for future learning opportunities.
To learn how to access Mentor Training for the first time, click here.
If you want to navigate directly to the list of Mentor Training learning modules, click here.
Why Mentor Training, and Why Now?
- You spoke, and we listened. Mentors have been asking for more ongoing learning opportunities – you tell us about it in Mentor Huddles, mid- and end-of-year surveys, mentor panels, interviews, and focus groups. We want to provide you the knowledge and skills you need to tackle anything that may come up in your match.
- The post-secondary process and transition is a critical time in your mentee’s life, and you may be asking yourself exactly how to show up for your mentee right now. Mentor Training targets that ambiguity so we can provide answers to your questions, however open-ended they may be.
- These training modules are new to us, too. We are committed to continuous improvement and want to ensure we provide the best possible resources. We need your insight about what’s working and what isn’t – that’s why we’ll ask you for feedback at the end of each module.
Watch this introductory video
Mentor Training consists of short, guided online learning modules provided to you throughout pivotal moments in the year. These learning modules will be timely, effective, and grade specific. This content has been gathered over the course the of the past year from feedback from mentors, schools, and iMentor staff. In general, the trainings will be split among:
- Summer modules will onboard you to the academic grade your mentee will be entering. You will gain a better understanding of what to expect over the course of the year, what success looks like for you and your mentee, and other resources you may use over the course of the year.
- Fall modules will focus on relevant knowledge, skills, and mindsets important to the first have of the school year, as well as regain momentum for the school year. These modules will encompass resources timely to where your mentee is in their post-secondary process (i.e. filling out FAFSA in 12th grade, and what you can do to help).
- Spring modules will focus on how to ensure success by the close of the academic year, as well as ensuring momentum continues through the summer. These modules will guide you to support your mentee's successful transition from one grade to another.
- Universal modules will be relevant for all mentors among all grades. These include engagement strategies to employ in your match, knowledge around the educational landscape, and challenges faced by first generation college students.
Where do I access Mentor Training?
Your Program Manager will reach out to you when a new Mentor Training module is available to you. You'll be able to complete these short courses at your own pace, in your own time, and even on the go - but we expect mentors to complete them in a timely manner. For more a list of all Mentor Training modules, click here. As always, scour the articles here on the Mentor Learning Center, and if there's something you're looking for, but can't find, let us know by clicking the Have suggestions or questions? button in the upper right-hand corner.
What do the modules look like?
Click on this link and provide us with your insights. Your feedback will help thousands of mentors across the country. Because every student deserves a champion, and because mentors need help too.