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Building your Capacity

Mentors need help, too. This section provides various resources to help expand your knowledge and build your skillset.

Articles

Mentor Wisdom: The Seven Things I Learned Since Becoming a Mentor
Quinton Mudd and his mentee Ismael were matched at the beginning of Ismael’s junior year in high school in the iMentor NYC mentoring program. Ismael was an average student who was interested in college but wasn’t exactly pulling the grad...
Writing your First Message
Welcome to iMentor! We are excited that you chose to mentor with us. The beginning of your relationship with your mentee may be awkward. That’s OK. The process of getting to know someone takes time. Your first message, and all of your messages...
Developing a Strong Relationship
How you relate to your mentee may be even more important than the material you cover. Expressing a genuine interest in your mentee is critical to building a strong relationship. This interest is expressed by asking thoughtful, engaging questions; al...
The Typical Arc of Mentoring Relationships
While every pair relationship develops in its own unique ways over time, many tend to unfold along a similar trend.  This trend is referred to as the “typical arch” which can be used as a tool to understand where your relationship w...
A Mentor's Guide to Youth Development
This article is meant to address mentors' inquiries on youth development, in general. Youth development is an approach to working with youth that believes they are best able to thrive when they are supported across all sectors of the community....
The Many Roles of an Effective Mentor
As a mentor, you play a fluid role with your mentee. You supplement the parents, teachers, counselors, and other caring adults in their lives to ensure that students can successfully graduate high school and plan a future that’s best for them....
A Great Mentor's Key Qualities
This article helps to assist mentors gain a better understanding of what success looks like in pair relationships. It is often hard to recognize success in the moment, but there are some markers to look out and strive for. Many of our students will ...
When Your Mentee Doesn't Participate Regularly
This article is meant to help mentors navigate the program when their mentees are inconsistent. There will always be ebbs and flows with any pair relationship. However, you may only know some context when there's a drop off in communication and ...
Working with a Student who is Learning English
While the curriculum is designed to support all mentees and mentors in their communication, you might need to use additional resources when working with a student who is learning the English language. Below are some tips from a mentor in the iMentor...
Mentoring an International Student
This article helps build mentors' understanding of the unique challenges that their international mentee may face. Use this information to gain awareness of the issues, and visit resources provided. Language & Culture American Class...
Getting the most out of Conversations
Conversations is designed to be a flexible space for staff and pairs to use as needed. This can be a powerful communication tool for you and your mentee. What can you write about in Conversations? Personal updates : Pairs can share updates about...
What Can Pairs Write About in Conversations?
Getting the most out of Conversations Conversations is designed to be a flexible space for mentors to connect with mentees. This can be a powerful communication tool for pairs inside and outside of class. It is important to remember that in add...
How to Mentor a Student with Academic Challenges
This article serves to help mentors assist mentees in their academic endeavors, even if they are not struggling. Note: there are privacy rules in place in which schools do not share grades, report cards, test scores, or any transcripts with an...
How to develop a growth mindset voice
Your mentee is working towards developing and utilizing a growth mindset. Simply put, a growth mindset is the belief that intelligence is malleable and with effort, new skills can be acquired.  Use this resource as a way to help your mentee i...
 Bonding and Bridging
As you already know, you probably have lots of similarities to, and lots of differences from, your mentee. As you grow your relationship, you will likely bond over the similarities to strengthen the ties between you. You will also bridge the ...
 Asking for Help: the video
Hear from TED speaker Karim Abouelnaga about his experience with education, and one big difference for poor and working class students.  To hear the full TED talk, go here .   Your browser does not support HTML5 video. ...