Most students from low income backgrounds do not personally know educated successful adults, who would take the time to speak with them and guide them. Just one conversation per month with a group of mentees is surprisingly impactful to motivate, help and move them along on their personally chosen path and graduate from FEA.
Mentors make a significant difference simply by taking an interest in the life of the mentee. Just being there for the mentee makes the mentee feel special.
Apart from scheduling and providing a brief profile no formal preparation is required on the part of the mentor. Mentors can provide their profile or we can use their LinkedIn profile.
The long term impact of such mentoring is incalculable. The mentored students are more likely to mentor other youngsters around them and thereby having a positive influence on those around them. Mentees perform better in interviews, work better in teams and interact better in social situations. They tend to earn more than those who have not been mentored, and even learn to handle challenges better and overcome depression. In the long run they live more fulfilling lives.
The aim of the FEA’s Mentorship program is to motivate, help and move the mentees along on their personally chosen path and graduate from FEA. The idea is to better understand what professional paths are available to them, which of those might be appropriate to them, and what they need to do to get there. Concretely, by the last session of the mentorship program, every student in the class should be able to speak to what they want to do, why they want to do it, how they intend to go about it, and how they plan to overcome specific adversities they foresee.
This is a Zoom based conversation for 90 min every month for 3-4 months (a total of 5 calls).
Before you're your session, you will receive information about the students with whom you will interact over the next several months. Their names, ages, educationcal background will be provided to you.
1. Mentors are trusted advisers.
2. Mentors can help mentees reflect on the areas they can improve as an individual.
3. Stimulate the personal and professional growth of the mentee.
4. Mentors offer encouragement and help deal with adversity.
5. Mentors help set up boundaries and integrate positive discipline practices.
6. Mentors are the sounding boards to mentees ideas and can offer an empathic ear.
7. Mentors make a significant difference by just being present and by taking an interest.
8. Mentees can learn from Mentor’s experience and learn from the mistakes the beginners make.
FEA supports mentors by providing suggested talking points and a structure for each call, in addition to facilitating the calls. Click here for a pdf of Mentorship program talking points