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A mentorship typically involves pairing a student (mentee or protégé) with a community professional (mentor) in a one-to-one relationship, with the intent of providing first-hand experience in a career field/cluster of the student's choice. Mentors are encouraged to provide as much hands-on experience as possible and to give learners a view of all aspects of the career, including routine tasks, as well as creative and challenging opportunities. The mentorship differs primarily from an internship experience in that it is a one-to-one relationship.
The mentorship may be paid or unpaid. School credit can NOT be earned for mentorships (State Board Policy, GCS-I-003, June 2000). It may be possible to turn the mentorship into an Internship in order to receive course credit.
RATIONALE FOR MENTORSHIP
A mentorship is a deliberate pairing of a more skilled or experienced person with a lesser skilled or experienced learner, with the agreed upon goal of having the lesser skilled learner (mentee) grow and develop specific occupational competencies. For the learner who has a full instructional schedule, a mentorship may occur after school hours. The individualized approach to teaching and learning affords a self motivated learner opportunities to excel and to become proficient in a multiplicity of skills. The mentor, guided by the learner's (mentee) school-based instructor, follows an agreed upon instructional plan and outcomes.
STEPS FOR PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION
- Create and/or administer criteria for selection of students (mentees).
- Determine each student's (mentee's) instructional needs, interests, aptitudes.
- Create and/or administer criteria for selection of mentors.
- Approve/select mentor for selected student (mentee).
- Ensure legal requirements to be met, e.g. liability insurance.
- Orient mentor to expectations.
- Orient student (mentee) to expectations.
- Create a mentoring agreement or affiliation agreement with and between school and carrier agency (business/industry).
- Finalize each student's (mentee's) developmental plan with the student (mentee), parents, and mentor.
- Supervise on-site mentorships (visit at least weekly).
- Conduct progress conferences.
- Evaluate student (mentee).
- Evaluate process and outcomes.
- Submit report(s) to school officials and business/industry.
PROMISING PRACTICES AND DOCUMENTS FROM THE SCHOOLS
Shared from the Job Ready Workbased Learning Guide.
Mentor Activity Log
hared from McHenry County, South Carolina.
Shared from McHenry County, South Carolina.