mentor2.0 is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ technology-enriched one-to-one youth mentoring program directly targeting high school students. Through partnerships between Big Brothers Big Sisters, schools, companies and individuals, mentor2.0 will support high-impact mentoring relationships, aimed at providing high school students with the support and guidance they need to graduate high school and succeed in college and the workforce.
mentor2.0 maintains the fundamentals of quality mentoring Big Brothers Big Sisters is known for through one-to-one relationships, providing professional relationship support and maintaining a focus on safety for the benefit of the mentee and mentor. mentor2.0 expands this by using technology for much of the interaction between the mentee and mentor, reducing the in-person time commitment to once every four to six weeks, and supporting the customized curriculum guide throughout the match interaction.
high school students with college-educated mentors and provides them with the
support and guidance they need to graduate high school and succeed in college
and the workforce. Mentor/mentee matches get to know each other through an innovative
combination of weekly messages (via a secure web-based platform) and monthly
group events at the high school that mentor2.0 organizes and hosts.[AK1]
attend a weekly class session to work through a research-based curriculum as
well as spend time messaging their mentor. The curriculum creates a baseline of
conversations and activities for all matches. It covers non-cognitive skills
necessary for college success such as perseverance, critical thinking, help seeking
and self-advocacy, and optimism/excitement about the future. It will also cover
college knowledge such as college selection, applications, and financial aid.
The curriculum is
designed to transform volunteers into effective advocates for their mentees by
providing what to say and when to say it, reducing the variability among
mentors. The curriculum also provides mentors with tools and resources to
effectively support students as they work together on each of the competencies
mentor2.0 has identified.
What do mentors
* Send one weekly
message on an interesting topic that mentor2.0 provides.
* See your mentee
once every 4 to 6 weeks for two hours at a mentor2.0 sponsored evening event.
* All mentors must
be at least 21 years of age and college-educated (2+ year degree).
* Celebrate your
mentee’s graduation by mentoring them throughout their 4 years of high school
* Commit to sending
one weekly interactive message on an interesting topic that mentor2.0 provides
through the mentor2.0 platform.
* Commit to seeing
your mentee once a month to once every six weeks for 2 hours at a mentor2.0
facilitated after-school event at their school.