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Learn About Mentoring

Our mentors play a critical role in the success of students across the state of Tennessee as they serve as a resource, share their own experiences and offer encouragement and support.

What are the responsibilities of a mentor?

You will invest 10-15 hours annually assisting 5-10 high school seniors. In fact, tnAchieves mentors tell us they spend less than ONE hour per month serving as a resource to our scholars. tnAchieves designed its mentoring program so even the busiest executive, parent or young professional can make a meaningful impact. If you do not have experience working in education, do not worry! We will train you to work with our students.

Mentors primarily work with their students virtually, via phone call, text message or video conference. In 2021 mentors will have access to tnAchieves CONNECT, a virtual mentoring platform that allows mentors and students to work together from home and on their own schedule. We believe that in implementing tnAchieves CONNECT, mentors and students will continue to build meaningful, impactful relationships in the year to come.

We say that mentors serve three roles: Task-Master, Resource and Encourager.

  • As a task-master, mentors ensure that students are aware of and meeting important deadlines.
  • As a resource, mentors provide answers to questions and connect students with valuable college resources.
  • As an encourager, mentors ensure that students meet their full potential.

To become a mentor, you must...

An effective mentor...

Be At Least 21 Years Old

Apply by December 4, 2020

Be Subject to a Background Check

Complete Mentor Training by February 5, 2021

Attend Your Spring Team Meeting

Attend Your Fall Team Meeting

Makes initial contact with students before the high school team meeting.

Reaches out to parents/guardians if possible.

Reminds students of all meetings and deadlines.

Attends the high school and the college team meetings.

Encourages students to reach their potential.

Plays an active role in eliminating barriers associated with post-secondary access and success.