Being an Enroot Mentor
As a mentor, you are a role model, adviser, friend, and guide helping your mentee to dream big, set goals, and pursue them. All mentees in the Enroot Program are immigrant high school students in Cambridge and Somerville. 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 activities 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. You will likely guide your mentee in the following areas: building positive relationships, exploring careers, planning higher education, and practicing English. We are specifically looking for mentors who speak one (or more!) of the following languages: Spanish, Haitian Creole, Bengali, Amharic, Portuguese, or Hindi. Speaking another language is not a requirement and we encourage anyone interested to apply!
Once a week for one academic year (October-June)
Mentoring typically happens between 6:00 - 7:30 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Specific location and timing is dependent on the student's cohort and school.
4 hours of initial training are 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.
After a volunteer orientation, a phone interview, background check, 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.