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. Two in-person meetings (spring and fall team meetings) are hosted to help establish the student/mentor relationship. Outside of those two meetings, mentors can complete the program from anywhere with an internet connection!
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.