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DECEMBER Class of 2018

Mentoring Relationship Check-In and Preparing for Spring Term

Studies have shown that a mentoring relationship is only as strong as the time one takes to reflect on what makes it successful. Effective mentoring relationships have been characterized by reciprocity, mutual respect, clear expectations, personal connections, and shared values. Use this month's discussion to reflect on your mentoring relationship while making sure you make plans to connect in person over winter break. During this month's discussion, make sure to discuss preparation and plans for second semester!

Discussion Topic #1- Mentoring Relationship Check-In

As we near the end of the calendar year, it's a great opportunity for you to take a step back and discuss your mentoring relationship after high school.  As with all relationships, there are certainly things that are going  well, and likely some that you'd both like to see improve in the next year. Having a candid conversation about both of your experiences so far and setting one goal for your relationship by the end of the school year will help set you on a path of continued growth in the new year.

Mentors: Start by sharing your own candid reflections on how your relationship has developed so far. Continue by discussing with your mentee the most helpful moment in your relationship so far and establishing one goal for the relationship by the end of the school year. 

Share the following with your mentee: 

  • What were your original thoughts and feelings when you learned that you would be a mentor in this program?
  • What expectations did you have about how you would interact with your mentee? 
  • What did you hope to gain from the experience?
  • How do you feel about how the relationship has developed so far? Have your original expectations been met? Have they changed?
  • What has been the most memorable and helpful moment in your relationship so far?
  • oWhat goal(s) do you have for the relationship by the end of the school year?
  • oIdentify a few of the insights you’ve gained and how you hope to continue to build your relationship into the new year. 

Mentees: Share your own reflections on your relationship and one goal you would like to set for the rest of the school year. 

  • What were your original thoughts and feelings when you learned that you would be a mentee in this program?
  • What expectations did you have about how you would interact with your mentor?
  • What did you hope to gain from the experience?
  • How do you feel about how the relationship has developed so far? Have your original expectations been met? Have they changed?
  • How has the relationship you developed help you navigate college and explore career development opportunities?
  • What has been the most memorable and helpful moment in your relationship so far?
  • What goal(s) do you have for the relationship by the end of the school year?

Be sure to discuss how you will continue to check-in and reflect on the goal(s) you for set for your relationship. 

 Mentors: Close the discussion by reflecting on what has been shared. Share any additional suggestions for next steps, including accessing supports on campus. Remember to reach out to your program manager to request any immediate support needs.

Discussion Topic #2 PREPARING FOR SPRING TERM

Starting strong in the spring will help students stay on track towards completion of a successful alternate pathway. In this conversation, mentees will share their registration and plansfor next semester, the class(es) they are most anxious about, and what they will do be set up for success. Additionally, if applicable, use this conversation to check-in with  on progress towards submitting their FAFSA renewal application or required paperwork for alternative financial aid, including WIOA funds.

Mentees: Take the lead by sharing your registration and plans to be set up for success next semester.  Share the following with your mentor:

  • Overall, how are you feeling about this semester? Is there anything you would change?
  • Any lessons learned from this semester that you want to apply to next semester?
  • What coursess are you registered for and how are you feeling about these courses?
  • Are there any that you are anxious about? If so, which ones and why?
  • What are you planning to do now and over winter break to set you up for success in those courses?
  • How about financial aid? Have you/are you working to submit your FAFSA renewal application or other paperwork for other sources of financial aid?
  • What resources or people in your community (on and off campus) will help you be successful? How can I support you in the process?

Mentors: As your mentee shares their plans, identify key insights and share your own experiences to support your mentee as they plan for a successful second semester.

Discussion Topic #3-  MAKING PLANS FOR WINTER BREAK

Mentees: Take the lead for this part of the meeting by sharing your goals and plans for your holiday breaks. Use this time to make plans to connect in person over break.  Share the following with your mentor:

  1. What type of break will you have for the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas)? If away from home, will you return home during break? 
  2. If working, will you have time off to spend with family and friends? If not, have you spoken with your employer about options for taking time to enjoy the holidays?
  3. Do you need to take any exams or complete any coursework during break? If yes, have you spoken to your program advisor, supervisor, etc.? How can your mentor and program manager support you?
  4. Outside of work and school, what do you hope to accomplish during your break? How can your mentor and program manager support you?

Mentors:  Close the discussion by reflecting on what has been shared. Use this time to make plans to connect in person over break. Share any additional suggestions for next steps. Share how you can serve as an accountability partner to help your mentee. Remember to update your program manager and/or reach out with any immediate support needs.