Be a Mentor
The mission of mentoring in the Bellevue School Community is to connect students to a caring, responsible adult in the school setting who is committed to a minimum of one hour per week for at least one year.
What is a mentor?
A mentor is someone who affirms and inspires a young person to learn and thrive. A mentor serves as a supportive listener, a motivator and cheerleader, an advocate and a guide. Mentoring can be an opportunity to engage in academics, emotional support, social navigation, college/career planning, and the celebration of accomplishments. Students learn best in safe, secure, and stable environments. Mentors are the additional adult in a young person’s life to promote healthy social-emotional and physical well-being. Mentors value the growth of their mentee.
What does a mentor do?
A mentor helps connect children and youth with resources, safe places, and structured activities. Mentors encourage academic success by showing the benefits of staying in school and evaluating educational choices. Mentors help students see and strive for broader horizons and possibilities than they may see on their own. Mentors provide dependable and consistent attention and support through listening, guiding, and encouraging students to reach their full potential.
Who needs a mentor?
All children and youth can benefit from positive role models.
Why is being a mentor important?
Young people look for someone to listen and support them. Things that may seem easy to you are often mysterious to young people. Providing guidance and structure to a young person allows them an opportunity to develop self-esteem and self-confidence.
When does mentoring occur?
Mentoring occurs at the students’ school site during the school day. Typically, mentors meet with students every week for 60 minutes. We ask that you minimally make a one-year commitment to mentoring a student.
Interested in mentoring a student or a group of students?
Thank you for your interest in becoming a mentor. You are taking the first step toward making a difference in the life of deserving young people. Whether you are an experienced or novice mentor, BSD staff members provide continual guidance and support to all mentors whether serving 1:1 or in a group setting. Please note that anyone offering to mentor or volunteer must comply with BSD background checks. If you are ready to start that process you may do so here. Please complete a volunteer form and a background clearance by selecting the link below. 1:1 mentors and mentors for BOOM and SHOUT students are coordinated by Dr. Randy Nuñez. Once you’ve completed the online process, you will be contacted to discuss training, school assignment, student match, and more.