MentorUF is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of local elementary, middle, and high school students through a variety of mentoring opportunities. With 4 distinct mentoring groups, you can choose the option that is best for you! Mentors meet with their student(s) weekly, spending some time working on academics and some time doing fun activities. Whether you are able to mentor for 30 minutes or 2 hours per week, we have a group to suit your needs! Don't let transportation limitations stop you from applying, we will try to set you up in a carpool with other mentors.
The time commitments and descriptions for each program are as follows:
- One-on-One Elementary: 30 minutes a week for 1 year (re-application for Spring semester is not necessary).
- Mentors in 1:1 Elementary are paired with a mentee in the fourth grade. Each week, mentors visit their mentee for one class period. During this time, mentors engage their mentees to improve upon their skills, whether their needs are academic or social. Through this one on one interaction, mentors will develop a close personal relationship with their mentees. This program is a year long time commitment, as there is a year-end field trip for the mentor and mentee pairs. Mentors will need to be available for 30 minutes of mentoring each week, as well as for one full Saturday in the Spring semester for the field trip.
- Elementary Group: 2 hours a week for one semester
- Middle School One-on-One: 1 hour a week for one semester
- High School Group: 1 hour a week for one semester. Note - High School mentoring has transitioned from a year-long to a semester-long commitment. For those involved with High School Mentoring in Fall 2016, application for Spring 2016 should be completed again, but payment is not required.
- High school mentoring is now in a group classroom setting rather than on an individual mentor-mentee basis. This program is recommended for those who are comfortable initiating conversation or have tutoring/mentoring backgrounds. Mentors will have the freedom to decide who to work with each week and will be expected to discuss coursework and develop social skills with their mentees. Specific subjects include mathematics, sciences, reading, English, social studies, economics, and accounting, but will vary from week to week.
If you have any questions about the mentoring experience or the application, please email the Brown Center at firstname.lastname@example.org!