What is MentorU?

MentorU is a Big Brothers Big Sisters high school mentoring program focused on career and college preparation. MentorU provides screened and trained volunteer mentors for students facing academic and personal challenges and is intended to keep students on track for graduation and success. All mentoring relationships and events are supervised by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff.

What is MentorU’s Mission?

MentorU’s mission is to help high school students develop personal, academic and career skills by providing each student with a volunteer mentor with experience in a variety of areas. The MentorU class and the mentors will also offer students extra opportunities and resources regarding career exploration, college admission guidance, and future planning.

How does MentorU work?

MentorU matches every student with volunteer adult mentors, based on shared career and/or personal interests. Students and mentors discuss various topics in their weekly messages, which may include skills such as perseverance, critical thinking, self-advocacy and goal setting. Other areas include college preparation, career goals, and planning for the future. Staff review communications within the system to facilitate additional relationship coaching.

What is the time commitment?

A MentorU match lasts for one school year. Monthly interactions via video conference call and weekly email exchanges with a student around topics like communication skills, goal setting, time management, perseverance, and future planning are essential to the program.

Why you should volunteer to be a mentor in the MentorU program:

  • MentorU gives kids an opportunity to:
    • Confide in a caring adult during uniquely challenging times
    • Boost self-confidence and academic engagement
    • Feel guidance and inspiration about the future
  • MentorU provides volunteer mentors an opportunity to:
    • Exercise empathy and foster emotional intelligence, critical thinking and goal setting for youth
    • Contribute to a brighter future for our community
    • Improve communication and leadership skills
    • Help families persevere

Please contact Ken Shelton at joinus@nwbigs.org with any questions.