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.
August is a busy time for PSP. Take time to discuss your PSP Orientation and/or Advising Sessions. Remember to stay engaged with each other and with our programming to ensure that mentees have access to the support they need.
Finally, remember to discuss the critical action steps mentees still need to take to start 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 or follow-up on these sessions.
Have you attended PSP Orientation?
If yes, do you understand what is expected of you as a participant? Mentees: do you know what you have to do in order to receive stipends? Apply to the Emergency Fund?
If no, when is the next session available? Have you signed up?
Have you attended your summer advising session?
If yes, do you understand all the steps you need to take to stay on track to start college on-time? Do you need help finding documents, offices, people or other support?
If no, use this time to schedule your session. Check your email and phone for information about how to sign-up and reach out directly to your PM.
Discussion Topic #3- Staying on Track to Start College on Time
If you have attended your summer advising session, you should have a list of actions (and deadlines) you need to take to ensure that you are ready to start college on time. Refer to those next steps and discuss a plan for completing these steps as soon as possible. As a pair, identify any questions you have and reach out to your Program Manager for support.
If you have not attended your summer advising session, use this time to reach out to your Program Manager (via text and email) to schedule your session.
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.
☐ Accept Admissions Offer; Pay Deposits & Fees
☐ Take required placement exams
☐ Activate student account and email
Explore the online portal which you’ll use for financial aid, picking classes etc.
☐ Send final transcript from high school
☐ Register for classes and summer classes if necessary
This may happen at orientation, if so look over the course offerings beforehand so you have an idea of what you’d like to take
Register with the office of disabilities or submit your IEP, if applicable
☐ Deposit and confirm enrollment
☐ Complete FAFSA Verification
☐ Do Entrance Loan Counseling (at StudentLoans.gov)
☐ Sign (MPN) Master Promissory Note (at StudentLoans.gov)
☐ Share FAFSA log in with iMentor
☐ Develop a plan/budget to cover living expenses, materials, and transportation
☐ Make a packing list; purchase needed supplies, including bedding, computer, etc.
☐ Apply to jobs
☐ Sign up for College Orientation
☐ Secure housing (living at home, renting)
☐ Send health records to school, sign up or waive school health insurance
☐ Figure out transportation to and from school
Check your school website, some have tips for commuter students
☐ Attend Orientation/Welcome Week
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?
Do you know all of the steps you need to complete to stay on track to start college in the fall?
Have you set up your student account at your school and are you checking it each week?
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 to your program manager directly for support.