A Shepherds Mentor gains as much as she or he gives with the reward of seeing their student reach beyond their own expectations.
WHO ARE SHEPHERDS MENTORS
Shepherds Mentors are adult volunteers, typically of the same gender as the student, who have indicated their commitment to the Shepherds mission and a willingness to make the time commitment to serve as role models, confidants, and cheerleaders for their student. Many Shepherds’ Mentors are accomplished professionals in their own careers as well as experienced parents who have raised young adults.
“There is no feeling in the world like watching a student graduate, knowing they are prepared to go on to further education.”
GREG, SHEPHERDS MENTOR
Many Mentors also make a commitment to contribute financially toward the tuition expense of their student. We call these generous people, Sponsor/Mentors. 100% of Sponsor/Mentor contributions go directly toward tuition expense of the student’s partnership school. However, it is not essential to make a financial commitment to be a Mentor, which in its own right is an incredibly rewarding and life-changing experience for mentor and student alike.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SHEPHERDS MENTOR
A Shepherds Mentor commits to spending time and communicating regularly with their student for the four years of high school. Typically, the time commitment is at the discretion of the Mentor, working in cooperation with the student and family. Shepherds encourages Mentors to spend at least four hours per month one-on-one with the student to be sure they stay involved and current in their lives.
Weekly conversations are often an easy way to maintain communications in between face-to-face activities and events. It’s all about communication.
“Being a Mentor is one of the most rewarding things I’ve done. Everyday my student is getting better and brighter. Being a part of his growth, the reward is a life well-lived.”
JON, SHEPHERDS MENTOR & ALUMNUS
Mentors also have on-line access to the student’s academic curriculum and grades. This is an essential tool in seeing where the student is excelling or may be struggling. It’s also fun to be able to discuss academic projects and studies that are important to the student.
Mentors also participate in important training and roundtable discussions to help them become effective Mentors and to define the limits of their responsibilities and commitments.
“Being a mentor gives me a sense of purpose, to be a support system for a young person. I want to give back and have a positive impact on their lives.”
JANAY, SHEPHERDS MENTOR
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Sponsor / Mentor through our program, please submit your information below and one of our staff members will reach out to you: