Strengthening Your Mentoring Relationship, Program Engagement and Starting College On-Time
We believe that when pairs that stay together after high school, mentees have an even stronger chance of starting college on-time and persisting in year one. This month, using the prompts below, you should reflect on and discuss how you can strengthen your mentoring relationship.
Finally, remember to discuss the critical action steps mentees still need to take to start your second year of college on time. As always, we are here to support you. Let your Program Manager if/when you need support!
Discussion Topic #1- Strengthening Your Mentoring Relationship
If you were not able to use your July meeting to discuss your relationship, start by sharing your own candid reflections on your relationship this year.
Share the following with your mentee and then ask them to share their thoughts using the same prompts.
A time you inspired me….
A topic I want to discuss more with you…
An experience I would like us to share together this summer…
Use the prompts below to revisit and solidify plans for how you will stay in touch and when / where you will meet each month (in-person or virtually).
The best way for us to stay in touch this summer is….
I am committed to meeting every month this summer and the best time/place would be…
Use this time to schedule your next in-person or virtual meetings (July and August).
Enter the dates/times into a calendar or planner (consider using a shared google calendar and sending invites for those dates/times during your meeting).
Remember to schedule reminders for these meetings and discuss how you will notify each other if you need to reschedule.
Discuss and plan for a pair outing this summer.
Discussion Topic #2- Staying Engaged with iMentor Programming
Your iMentor Program Manager and other PSP staff are ready to support you this summer.
Using the prompts below, discuss summer programming at iMentor and develop a plan to attend and stay engaged with your Program Manager.
Are you attending an iMentor summer pair event?
If yes, what is your plan to meet together before or after the event?
If no, when is the next pair event available? Have you signed up?
Have you responded to text messages from your Program Manager?
Do you know how to contact and schedule an appointment with your Program Manager?
Remember to share updates with your Program Manager about your relationship or any support needs you may have.
Discussion Topic #3- Staying on Track to Start Strong in Year 2
If you haven’t done so, using the prompts below, reflect on the first year of college.
Mentors should start by sharing your own experience and insights.
Share the following with your mentee:
What were some academic challenges that you faced during your first year of college?
How did you address those challenges in order to be successful academically?
Regarding academics, what lessons did you learn in your first year of college? How did you apply those lessons to be improve your academic performance and success?
Mentees should reflect on and share their own experiences.
How are you feeling about your academic performance this past year?
What challenges, if any, do you think you will have next semester?
What are 1-2 actions you can take this summer to ensure that you will start the year strong?
Next, refer to this checklist of common college matriculation steps. Together, identify what has been completed and discuss the steps that still need to be completed.
☐ Access Student Portal and confirm there are no academic holds on your student account
☐ Register for classes
☐ Access Student Portal and confirm there are no financial holds on your student account
☐ Prepare to complete FAFSA Renewal Application (Opens October 1)
☐ Develop a plan/budget to cover living expenses, materials, and transportation
☐ Make a packing list; purchase needed supplies, including bedding, computer, etc.
☐ Secure housing (living at home, renting)
☐ Figure out transportation to and from school
☐ Apply to jobs
Use the prompts below to discuss other topics that are important to talk about this summer.
What is the most important goal you want to achieve this summer?
Have your college plans changed for this summer?
Are you planning to work this summer? This year?
Do you know all of the steps you need to complete to stay on track to start college in the fall?
Are you checking your student portal regularly this summer?
What type of support do you need from your iMentor Program Manager?
What type of support do you (mentee) need from your mentor?
What are the three most important tasks you need to complete right away
Remember to reach out directly to your program manager for support.