What is the mentoring program at Columbia College?
The Columbia College mentor program is designed to aid our young women in fostering professional and meaningful connections. Young women flourish when they have access to outside perspectives that come with their best interests in mind. We believe one of the lessons of experience and wisdom is to pass it on… and this mentoring program is all about paying it forward to the next generation of young women leaders. The commitment is light, but the benefits are endless as mentoring is a rewarding professional and personal opportunity. CLIMB offers two options to mentor depending on an individual's availability and interest.
Option 1 – One-on-one Experience
Mentors are matched with a student based on the student’s career choice, academic and/or personal interests. This experience is a formal professional commitment between a mentor and a student. The purpose of this relationship is to aid in the student’s academic and professional success throughout their collegiate journey. Mentors and mentees are asked to meet at least once in person and correspond (via email, text, social/professional media) at least another four times each semester.
Option 2 – Group Experience
Mentors will host a session with a group of students who have selected a major or have an interest in a career similar to that of the mentors. This experience is an informal professional commitment between mentors and groups of students. The purpose of this option is to expose students to various career and professional opportunities and to provide information sharing, advice, social support, coaching, counseling and empowering individuals to greater competency. Unlike the one-on-one experience, mentee groups may change from session to session.
MENTOR VOLUNTEER DESCRIPTION
- Help students develop meaningful, ethical, professional and civic relationships
- Help students learn what skills and academic preparations are required for various career opportunities
- Help enhance student’s ability to interact comfortably and productively with people/groups from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Assist students in developing appropriate interpersonal, goal setting and effective life skills
- A desire to work with and be accessible to the mentee
- Compassionate, open and patient
- Willingness to listen
- Ability to set limits (One-on-One Experience)
- Ability to travel to and from campus and community activities
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
For the mentors:
- The relationship builds leadership and management skills
- Expands a mentor's professional network
- Provides an empowering opportunity to give back to the community
- Provides meaningful connections that influence outcomes at, at work and in their communities
For the mentees:
- Mentoring is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects
- Empowers them to make smart choices that put them on a path to making better life decisions
- Mentors are part of a network of support that a young person can consistently turn to for the kind of big and small life lessons that you don't learn in a classroom
- By sharing their on life experiences, mentors provide students with a clear vision of what their future could look like
MENTOR WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
Mentors are asked to attend a brief training session in the summer to prepare for the mentoring. This training prepares the mentor to focus on significant issues of mentoring a student in an academic and professional setting. The training will also explain in further detail the two mentoring options available: One-on-One Experience and Group Experience. Visit our MENTOR RESOURCES page to view forms, videos and mentoring articles.
The CLIMB Mentoring Program has an online training resource for those just entering the program and were unable to attend the Summer 2016 Training Event. The Online Mentor Training page has all of the resources discussed at the workshop including a video recording from that evening. In addition, you will find an orientation form to fill out and submit once you have gone through the presentation and materials.
Click here to view the Mentor Resources page. This page contains videos, forms, articles, etc. that will give instructional tips and help a mentor be more effective in her relationship with her mentee.
If you would like more information about the CLIMB Mentoring Program, please fill out the following form below and someone will be glad to contact you.
If you are ready to ENROLL as a new mentor, please click on the link at the bottom of this page.
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