Hometown mentors are called M.E.N. (Mentoring, Encouraging & Nurturing). M.E.N. are community members who value higher education and helping youth to be successful throughout their lives. They come with a variety of career and community service experience. Mentors share a common goal of providing a support system for the Achievers Candidates or ACs, as the students prepare for college.
Mentoring involves a working relationship with the ACs, and the AAMP92 staff based at each Achievers high school. As students from low-income backgrounds face many challenges outside of their high school environment, such as, difficult home lives, working long hours to contribute to the family income and care taking responsibilities for younger siblings. Mentors advocate, encourage and guide the ACs towards pursuing college as a realistic post-high school goal.
What do Hometown Mentors do?
M.E.N. serve many roles, such as:
•Support ACs from the spring of their junior year through their first
two months in college.
•Model positive social behaviors such as integrity, punctuality, work ethics, compassion.
•Schedule and prepare meetings with the ACs at least once a month during the school year to develop a one-on-one relationship.
•Share information about college admission and financial aid forms (training provided).
•Discuss career and academic goals.
•Help prepare students for college and life beyond high school.
•Attend mentor-training sessions and refer to M.E.N. Reference Manual regularly.
•Maintain regular communication with your College Preparatory (Prep) Advisor through monthly meeting logs and/or e-mail.
What are the qualifications for M.E.N.?
•Value higher education and the goal of obtaining a four-year college
degree (preference will be given to applicants with college experience/attendance).
•Enjoy working with high school students.
•Be at least 21 years of age.
•Have an appreciation for cultural diversity and an ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds.
•Commit to mentoring ACs from their sophmore year of high school through their first two years in college.
•Ability to meet the student on the high school campus.
•Submit to and pass background checks.