What is Mentoring

The Civic Learning Mentor Experience is an informal mentoring program that gives students the opportunity to develop a relationship of mutual respect and trust with a JMU faculty member, staff member, or graduate student. Students meet weekly with their mentor and are free to discuss any number of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Personal values
  • Life at JMU
  • Common interests
  • Time management
  • Academic and career endeavors
  • Opportunities for involvement at JMU

Students will also work with their mentor to create a personal mission statement. The mentoring pair will then identify short and long-term goals and strategies for achievement that can be implemented during the relationship as well as after the mentoring experience has concluded.

Will I be trained?

Yes! Training as a mentor requires one full day (8:30-5:00) or two half days (8:30-12:00; 1:00-5:00). Once you have completed these trainings, you are ready to be a mentor.  Updates are provided through newsletters, ongoing communication with the program coordinators, and the website.

Benefits

Most volunteers enjoy mentoring for several reasons:  

  • You get to be a part of helping a student receive education for breaking the code of conduct.
  • You can add mentoring to your resume.
  • It's flexible—you can serve as a mentor most of the time but take a semester break if you need to because you are particularly busy.
  • You represent the university in response to student behavior
  • You get the chance to see a student really grow as a person
  • You get to form a relationship with a student that may continue to benefit both of you long after the completion of the program.

How do I sign up?

Please feel free to contact the Civic Learning Coordinator, Taylor Logan (logantl@jmu.edu or 568-8074) if you are interested in signing up for training or finding out more about mentoring.  Or, you can visit our website for more information.


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