Mentors with Center Point Mentor program commit to one school year, one hour a week. The longer the Mentor and Mentee relationship continues the more successful it is. The ultimate goal and preference would be to stay with a Mentee until graduation. Of course, that is not always realistic and a one year commitment is all that is required.
A Mentor’s duty is to interact regularly on school premises with the Mentee with he or she is matched; this includes travel time. This interaction can be meeting for breakfast, lunch, school programs or any school/teacher approved time period. It may involve homework assistance, but tutoring is not a requirement.
Mentor/Mentee relationships are coordinated by Center Point on behalf of Center Point Mentor Program and United Way, in cooperation with the Hall County and Gainesville City Schools. School counselors will match Mentees and Mentors and contact Mentors with that information. The counselor will act as the liaison between Mentor and Mentee.
Center Point provides Mentor training and coordinates all aspects of the Mentor Program. Most of the 2-hour trainings are held at Center Point, 1050 Elephant Trail—located on the Gainesville High School campus. Trainings will be scheduled for businesses, organizations, churches or schools, at their location, upon request (5-person minimum). Please contact Center Point for more information about setting up trainings for your business or organization. The current training schedule can be found here.
Hours are flexible. Scheduling is handled on an individual basis, depending upon the availability of the Mentor as well as the Mentee’s class schedule.
Mentoring will occur at the Mentee’s school. The Mentors choose the school they prefer and the age range of the student with whom they wish to be matched.
A Mentor is dependable, caring, and generous in spirit. A Mentor must be able to follow through with scheduled meetings and communicate with the Mentee. A Mentor must communicate any changes in availability or participation with the school counselor and Center Point. All Mentors must pass a criminal background check.