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Getting Started 

Some mentors share that getting started can be the hardest part!  Here are some good things to keep in mind as you begin the process:

  • Set a good initial tone; be open & engaging
  • Identify and share what you are each looking to gain from the relationship (broad goals)
  • Challenge each other’s assumptions about the process
  • Build trust
  • Set clear expectations and ground rules
    • Discuss what happens if rules are not followed
    • How will you hold each other accountable?
    • Process (frequency/type of meetings)

Places to Meet & Things to Do:


Each mentor has committed to do the following:

Maintain confidentiality

  • We do NOT expect that you will inform us if students self-disclose violations or are breaking policies.
  • There is a limit to confidentiality— as a responsible employee you have a duty to share with us (or the Title IX office) if the student discloses any information regarding sexual misconduct. Disclosure of knowledge of abuse/neglect of a minor(s) or elder or talk of harm to self/others should be reported to OSARP. We are also required to keep statistics of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking if the student choses to disclose this information.
  • If you are unsure of how to handle a confidential issue, please consult OSARP.


  • Meet the student once a week for an hour.
  • Let the coordinator know right away if the student is missing meetings or not communicating.
  • Respond to requests for updates from the coordinator.


  • Support and challenge the student through dialogue and activities.
  • Provide students feedback about their thoughts and behaviors.
  • Act as a resource and connection to other resources.
  • Assist the student to reflect on and complete their mission statement and goals.


As part of the Mentor Experience Civic Learning Program, students must complete a personal mission statement and goals. Instructions for these activities are provided by the mentor. You'll find several resources below to assist your student in these requirements.

Resources for:


For more ideas or questions, contact your coordinator.

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