How do I become a mentor in Chicago?

What it takes to be a mentor:

  1. Hold a Bachelor’s Degree.
  2. Commit to mentoring for two years.
  3. Meet cohort monthly.
  4. Attend mentor orientation & training sessions.
  5. Abide by the Chicago Scholars Code of Ethics.

Are mentor programs worth it?

After five decades of mentoring relationship research, the evidence is irrefutable: people who have strong mentors accrue a host of professional benefits, including more rapid advancement, higher salaries, greater organizational commitment, stronger identity, and higher satisfaction with both job and career.

Where can I get free mentorship?

Here are a few resources to get you started on the path to finding a mentor:

  • MicroMentor. Free online mentor service that connects small business owners with business mentors.
  • SCORE Mentoring.
  • ACE Mentor Program.
  • TiE Global.
  • Mamas (Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association).

What does a mentoring program include?

What is a Mentoring Program? A formal mentoring program is a structured, often one-to-one relationship in a work, organization or academic setting. A well-functioning mentoring program requires strategic planning and organization to connect people, increase knowledge and build skills for future milestones.

How do I become a school mentor?

Mentors need competence in literacy and numeracy and may require GCSE (or equivalent) grades A to C in English and maths. They may also need a professional qualification in education, social work or nursing. The Certificate in National Learning Mentor Training is desirable.

What is the Chicago Scholars program?

Chicago Scholars are academically ambitious, first generation college students from under-resourced communities in Chicago. Our seven-year program helps them to navigate the complex transitions into college, through college, and beyond to a career.

Why do mentors fail?

There are 7 common reasons mentoring programs fail: The program doesn’t have a clear goal. The program isn’t customised to the organisation’s needs. The program has no buy-in or support from senior management.

Who will benefit from mentoring program in school?

According to, at-risk students with mentors are 55% more likely to enroll in college, 78% more likely to volunteer regularly, 90% more likely to become interested in becoming a mentor, and 130% more likely to hold leadership positions than their un-mentored peers.

How much should a mentor cost?

In our experience fees ranging from $50 to $3,000 have been charged, usually depending on the seniority of the cadre of mentors. We suggest that the sweet spot for most association-led programs would be $150-300 per mentee. As well as helping to fund the program, the fee also helps to qualify mentees.

How do I get a mentor?

Here are a few tips on how to find a mentor:

  1. Know What You’re Looking for in a Mentor.
  2. Join a Mentorship Platform.
  3. Reach Out to Your Existing Network.
  4. Go to Professional Networking Events.
  5. Find an Industry Meetup.
  6. Attend Volunteer Events or Social Clubs.
  7. Use Social Media.
  8. Have a Goal for Your Mentorship.

How do I plan a mentoring program?

How to Organize the Program

  1. Establish requirements for participation in the program and create enrollment forms.
  2. Establish specific mentor activities and guidelines.
  3. Acquire mentors and students for the program.
  4. Match mentors with proteges.
  5. Monitor and evaluate the results of the program.

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