LOGOTEACHING2    KCC Mentoring Program

A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself. Oprah Winfrey

Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor. Denzel Washington

Most of us can trace at least a part of our success to people who have served as mentors in our lives. Mentoring often develops organically, but many of our students have lives that do not allow the space for them to connect with faculty and staff at Kingsborough. The goal of the KCC Mentoring Program is to provide students the opportunity to connect with faculty and staff who can serve as mentors.

The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves. Steven Spielberg

The program offers professional development to faculty and staff around mentoring students, invites students to mentoring, matches interested students to mentors, and provides support for mentoring relationships. 

FAQs for mentors:

What does it mean to be a mentor?

Not quite a friend, not quite an advisor, and not a counselor or therapist, a mentor serves as a listener and a guide. As mentors, we come to understand the complexities of our students’ lives, develop a set of skills and strategies for helping them succeed, and enter into a reciprocal relationship where both parties can benefit.

What kind of a commitment are mentors asked to make?

The Mentoring Program at Kingsborough asks each mentor to connect with their mentee a few times each semester in whatever way works for both parties – zoom, email, phone – or some combination. And the length of the relationship is also up to both parties—some keep in touch for just one semester or two, while others might continue to do so long after students have graduated.

If I want to become a mentor, what do I need to do?

Mentor Dr. Janet Leslie and her mentee, Karen Wallace

We ask mentors to participate, via zoom, in a short information session and, if they are interested in continuing, to attend a workshop (two zoom meetings) where we discuss some best practices of mentoring including how to help students set goals, how to establish trust and set boundaries in the mentoring relationship, and how to achieve closure when the mentoring relationship comes to an end. We also share information about Kingsborough resources and how to refer students who might be in need of those resources. All sessions will take place between January and February, depending on participants’ availability.

We will also ask mentors (and mentees, too!) to fill out a short, confidential survey that helps us make appropriate matches. Mentors or mentees might look for certain characteristics in the other party, and we do our best to make matches that have the potential to be comfortable for both mentor and mentee.

The program is coordinated by Janine Graziano, Director of KCTL. If  you’d like more information, or wish to become a mentor, please contact Janine at Janine.Graziano@kbcc.cuny.edu. 

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