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Role of the Mentor in Advising Sessions

Objective of PSP Advising Sessions:
PSP advising sessions are intended to ensure that PMs know students’ post-secondary pathway and enrollment status. During summer, fall and spring advising sessions, PMs will discuss and support students towards the completion of pathway-specific matriculation and persistence milestones. Using pathway-specific advising scripts and our Enroll database, PMs will inquire about and document which steps have been completed and where gaps exist. At the end of each advising session, PMs will work with mentees to document important action items that students must complete to stay on track to matriculate and persist in college or other chosen post-secondary pathway.
 
Role of the Mentor in PSP:
Building off of the mentoring relationship established during high school, mentors will play an important role to ensure that mentees stay engaged with their Program Manager, including critical advising sessions, and iMentor benefits, including access to financial support. See below for critical roles mentors will play in the Post-Secondary Program.
 
Encourage Mentee: Ensure iMentor students have the encouragement necessary to persist through challenges and feel that someone who knows and cares about them deeply has their back.
 
Identify Issues:Identifying issues early on and getting those issues back to PSP PMs. 
 
Generate Opportunities:Mentors leverage their own networks and social capital to identify and advocate for opportunities that can drive their mentee’s post-secondary success and career aspirations.  
 
Ensure Engagement:Mentors ensure strong engagement from their mentees in both iMentor’s PSP program and on their college campuses. 
 
Structure of PSP Advising Sessions:
Advising sessions will take place in a private setting to ensure privacy and confidentiality for students. Sessions can take place in-person or virtually. Although mentors are not required to attend, they may be invited to provide support and to serve as accountability partners to ensure that mentees complete important action items to stay on track to start and persist in college or other pathway. 
 
Each section is structured to take a minimum of 45 minutes and may require follow-up meetings or check-in’s. Please see below for the standard structure of these sessions.
1.     Introductions and Setting the tone (5 mins.)
2.    Information Gathering (20 mins.)
3.    Assessment (10 mins.)
4.    Next Steps and Action Items (10 mins.)
 
Role of the Mentor in Advising Sessions:
The primary role of the mentor in advising sessions is to listen, encourage mentees and understand the critical action items that mentees must take to stay on track to start and persist in college or other pathway.
 
Perhaps the most important role of the mentor is to serve as an accountability partner to their mentee. Mentors should leave advising sessions with a clear understanding of all next steps to be completed by their mentee. Mentors should check-in at least weekly to encourage, remind, and support their mentee to complete all action items. Lastly, mentors should notify their Program Manager of any issues, concerns or support needs.