Our Corporate Employee Mentoring Program allows corporate employees to mentor children at their workplace, or at a school or community center. The program is intended to expose children to different career opportunities while building a mentoring relationship with a caring adult. The program also has a service component that brings mentoring pairs together to make a difference in their communities.
Mentor/mentee pairs can meet at the corporation during the academic year, or meet at the school or community-based organization. Corporations can select a program that meets weekly for one hour, or biweekly for two hours, totaling four hours per month. Mentees work with their mentors on homework assignments, life skills, community service, and career development. Program Managers (employed by Mentoring USA) supervise the program and create educational and community service activities which foster and support the mentoring relationships. Children and mentors receive ongoing training and support from their Mentoring USA Program Manager.
Mentoring USA arranges a volunteer orientation (Lunch & Learn) at the corporation to discuss the program’s details with prospective mentors. Employees interested in the program complete an application and sign up for training.
Volunteers attend comprehensive trainings. These trainings are mandatory. All mentors are screened using a criminal check and references.
Once training and screening have been completed, Mentoring USA matches mentors and kicks off the program! The Kick-off Party is the first event to begin the program at the corporation, school, or community site; it is usually planned based on the CEO or President’s schedule. Mentors and mentees meet for the first time at the Kick-off Party.
Mentor/mentee pairs continue to meet throughout the academic year at the designated site for a total of four hours per month. In the beginning, group games are introduced for mentees and mentors to get to know each other better.