Being an Enroot Mentor
As a mentor, you are a role model, advisor, friend, and guide helping your mentee to dream big, set goals, and pursue them. All mentees in the Enroot Program are all immigrant high school students. Students are at either Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) in Cambridge, MA or Somerville High School (SHS) in Somerville, MA. Every mentor pair is unique. Some pairs meet up each week at Enroot's office for structured activities, while others meet up once a week to work on college applications at a local coffee shop. Favorite actives include: going out for hot chocolate, watching a movie, playing basketball, working on a tough homework assignment, or visiting a college – it all depends on you and your mentee’s interests and needs. While each relationship is a little different, you will likely guide your mentee in the following areas: building positive relationships, exploring careers, planning higher education, and English language and culture.
Once a week for one academic year (October-June)
Mentoring typically happens between 6:00 - 7:30 PM on Tuesday or Thursday. Specific location and timing is dependent on the student's cohort and school.
4 hours of initial training required before volunteers are matched with students, and 2-4 hours of ongoing training after mentors and students are matched. Training covers cultural competency, best practices of mentoring, and sharing successes and challenges with fellow mentors.
network with volunteers:
There are optional meet-up events throughout the year mentors are invited to attend.
We have completed our matching for the 2017-2018 school year. If you are interested in mentoring next year, please go ahead and fill out an application and we will be in touch!
After a volunteer orientation, a phone interview, and initial training, we match you with a student based on your interests, strengths, and preferences. Enroot prioritizes strong matches and do not match all mentors to students immediately. Enroot staff support you throughout your time as a mentor. While the initial commitment is one academic year, many pairs continue their relationship for multiple years.
What Enroot Mentors have to say:
- Click here to download our list of “Frequently Asked Questions.”
- Click here for a list of activities to do with your student