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Students Connecting with Mentors for Success

Mentoring is a communication-based personal relationship in which one experienced person shares knowledge and advice with a less experienced person. The person sharing the information is the mentor; the receiver of the information is the mentee. The purpose of the mentor/mentee relationship is to enable the mentor to provide support, guidance, and insight into matters as expressed by the mentee. Mentoring is generally for personal and/or professional development and is often founded on commonalities between the mentor and mentee.

The following elements should be in place for the most effective relationship between mentor and mentee:

  • Open communication
  • Mutual respect
  • Trust
  • Rapport
  • Confidentiality
  • Willingness to commit time required
  • Active listening
  • Honesty

The Students Connecting with Mentors for Success (SCMS) program is designed to partner mentors with students who are seeking assistance in one or more of the following areas:

  • Career exploration and guidance
  • Academic achievement
  • Post-graduation plans
  • Networking opportunities with local professionals
  • Connection to internships and entry-level positions
  • Time management tips
  • Personal character development
  • Confidence building
  • Positive support and encouragement

Mentors have life lessons to share and meaningful experiences to convey.