*COMING FALL 2020*

WHAT IS MENTOR U?

MentorU provides screened and trained volunteer mentors to high school youth enrolled in an academic enrichment class
intended to keep students on track for graduation and success.

Objective

To help high school students develop personal, academic and career skills.

Mentor U vs Community-Based Mentoring

There are very distinct differences between MentorU and Community-based Mentoring that allow you to choose which program works best for you.

MENTOR U

  • High school students are matched with mentors like you
  • Mentoring primarily takes place online
  • Respond to weekly prompts with your Little
  • Meet your Little 7 to 9 times throughout the year
  • Commit to 2.5 hours a month

 

 

 

VS

Community-based Mentoring

  • Youth ages 7 to 14 are matched with mentors like you
  • Mentors pick their Littles up at their home
    • They spend time together doing activities they both
      enjoy in the community
  • Meet your Little at least 2 times a month
  • Commit to at least 4 hours per month

 

How Does Mentor U Work?

Class Sessions

Students attend a weekly class sessions led by the MentorU Program Coordinator to learn the week’s curriculum.

Communicate

Mentors respond to weekly messages from students with prompts based on that week’s topics.

Monthly Events

Students and mentors meet 7 – 9 times in a school year to work through interactive activities.

Staff Support

Each match is supported by the Big Brothers Big Sisters MentorU Program Coordinator to provide coaching, resources and guidance throughout the duration of the match.

Littles

Youth involved in MentorU are Ralston High School freshmen enrolled in an academic enrichment course.

  • The 2017-2018 graduation rate for Ralston High School is 89%

The Impact

Our evidence is based on three measurable outcome areas: academic achievement, social-emotional skill and avoidance of risky behavior.

Improved Academic Performance
Improved Self-Esteem
Plan To Go To College
Avoided Alcohol, Drugs and/or Physical Violence

Steps To Get Started

STEP 1

TALK TO BBBS STAFF

Learn more about the commitment and if it’s the right fit for you.

STEP 2

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

The next step is to complete the full volunteer application online.

APPLY NOW

STEP 3

INFO SESSION & TRAINING

Attend an Information Session and Mentor Training.

STEP 4

VOLUNTEER INTERVIEW

Complete an interview with the MentorU Program Coordinator to help us learn more about you and who would make a good Little for you.

STEP 5

MATCH PRESENTATION

Hear all about your Little from the MentorU Program Coordinator.

STEP 6

MEET YOUR LITTLE

Meet your Little and connect with them online for the first time.

COMMITMENT

  • Weekly online communication.
  • 2.5 hours total per month.
  • 7 to 9 in-person meetings (1.5 hours per meeting)
  • Commit to the program for two school years

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be a high school graduate or have a GED.
  • Must be at least 19 years of age.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and car insurance.
  • Complete a background and reference check.

Mentor U Trainings

ON-SITE TRAININGS
10831 Old Mill Road, Suite 400 - Omaha, NE 68154

November
Thursday, Nov 21st at 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Saturday, Nov 23rd at 10:00am - 12:00pm

Questions?

Sam Maxfield

MentorU Program Coordinator
[email protected]
402.330.6695