The Ideal Mentor
Our mentors come from all over the country. They have diverse professions, career stages, and personal backgrounds. But they share these skills and perspectives:
- Ability to establish a relationship based on respect, caring, and accountability
- Sensitivity to intersections of identity, including educational, economic, cultural and racial backgrounds, gender, and sexual orientation
- Sincere desire to connect with another person to help them achieve personal, educational, and career goals
- Strong listening skills, practical problem-solving skills, and the ability to suggest options and alternatives
Our Mentorship Program
Can be largely or completely virtual
Is adaptable to mentors’ schedules
Often results in long-lasting relationships between mentor and Scholar.
Mentors work with Scholars through one of two tracks, both of which receive ongoing support from Thrive staff:
Are you excited about connecting with a student and supporting them in navigating the college experience? In Thrive Mentorship, mentors support Scholars in building strong foundations. Pairs commit to communicating monthly for a year, building a connection and tackling topics like time management, dealing with stress, finding a campus community, and the first-gen student experience.
Do you enjoy sharing professional opportunities with people and helping them clarify their career interests? Through Launch Mentorship, mentors guide Scholars in exploring future possibilities. Mentoring cycles are time-bound and goal-oriented, typically lasting 6 to 12 weeks and ranging in focus from an industry deep-dive to navigating your first intern experience and more.
|Frequency||Thrive Mentorship||Launch Membership|
|Focus||Foundations for success in college,initial career exploration||Career exposure and discernment, professional skills development|
|Duration||Mentors and Scholars commit for one year||Commitment length varies by cycle, typically 6 to 12 weeks|
|Frequency||Paris communicate with each other at least monthly||Communication is more frequent|
|Curriculum||Mentors and Scholars choose topics of interest from resources related to the college experience||Cycles are goal-oriented, and pairs explore career topics, activities, and/or projects related to the theme|
Our mentorship program often builds amazing, unique relationships. Mentoring pairs from any track who wish to continue past their original commitment are welcome to do so, and all relationships receive ongoing support from Thrive staff.