The Mentor Program
and Junior Mentor Program
Mentors Effectiveness is Key...
To be an effective Mentor
requires total commitment, hard work,
devotion and dedication to both the program and the youths. A
background check must be conducted on all potential mentor
candidates. And Mentors must be
law-abiding citizens in good standing with the community.
Listed below are some of the
expectations and responsibilities of mentors in our programs:
Be a positive role model.
Support and encourage a youths to accomplish his/her goals.
Assist youths in his/her self-esteem.
Assist youths to explore his/her career.
Help youth to develop his/her community responsibilities.
Be an effective listener and an honest friend to your
Mentors should be willing to participate in cultural and
educational activities with
Encourage and support youths to stay in school.
Encourage and support youths to stay away from drugs, alcohol and
Encourage and support
youths to stay away from negative and hostile
The Next Step Education 21st
Century Mentors Foundation program will focus on at-risk
youths and students nationwide. The foundation will portray as
positive role models in the schools and the communities as well. The
foundation will encourage and support
these youths and students on a long-term goal and will recommend and
advise them to
remain in school to obtain high school diplomas, in order for them
transcend to higher learning. The foundation's commitment will be to
opportunities and assist youths and students to obtain scholarships,
so that these young
adults can obtain a college education. The foundation will also
support and encourage the youths and students to develop leadership
ability in order for these individuals to reach
maturity and maximum growth as young adults. THEREFORE, these
at-risk youths and
students will transcend in becoming positive and productive role
models in our
community and society. Also, the foundation's primary
objective is to network with
Local, County, State and Federal Government agencies in acquiring
assistance that would benefit the at-risk youths and students in the
organization is committed to "Building A Dream" for
these at-risk youths and students
in our mentoring foundation program.
THE JUNIOR MENTOR PROGRAM
In an effort to ensure the continued growth of our targeted youth, we
established guidelines for a special Junior Mentor program. The
youth of our
program, who successfully meet the guidelines of this program, will
assist with the mentorship efforts of other incoming youths. These
guidelines must be successfully attained in order to engage in
The youth mentor candidate must successfully participate
as a mentee for
period of 1 year.
The youth mentor candidate must demonstrate a willingness
to support his
The youth candidate must regularly demonstrate a
willingness to achieve
high scholastic standards
The youth mentor candidate must successfully pass an oral
interview (weighted 100%).
The youth candidate must complete a written application to
essay piece, which will be entitled, "What mentorship means to me."
The mentor candidate must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 or
while enrolled in school.
Each candidate must submit a minimum of one letter of
from a teacher, mentor, coach, or community member.
Upon successfully completing each phase of the
each candidate will be scored and placed on an eligibility list.
The 21st Mentors board of directors will review
the applicant's recruitment
determine the applicant's eligibility for this appointment.
When appointments are made to this position, the candidates will be
issued a certificate of appointment, a letter of acceptance and
public recognition when permitted.