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Mentor Information

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Role

The role of the Living The Questions mentor is to provide encouragement and support for a student participating in the program. We are asking mentors to develop an ongoing relationship with a high school student. Living The Questions provides training for mentors and support to the mentoring relationship. Three objectives encompass the vision for this mentoring experience:

  • to develop Christ-forming relationships with students
  • to provide accountability to the student throught his/her leadership experience project
  • to help create connections between the student and the church

Time Commitment

Mentors are first invited to attend a training session in July, followed by a banquet closing out the students' summer experience later that month. These two events will take place at Bethel University and more information will be provided beforehand. Mentors are then asked to meet once a month with the high school student for 10 months (August–May). We suggest that the length of the meeting be 45-60 minutes. Plans may also be made for a dessert event at Bethel University at the end of those 10 months to celebrate with mentors, students, and their families.

Process

Step 1 – Church staff invites an individual to serve as a mentor with a high school student participating in Living the Questions.

Step 2 – Once the mentor has agreed to serve, church staff passes the mentor’s contact information to the director of Living The Questions.

Step 3 – Living The Questions contacts the mentor. At that time, the mentor completes information and contract forms.

Step 4 – Prior to the summer experience, Living The Questions updates the student with information on their mentor and passes along their contact information.

Step 5 – Mentors are invited to attend the training session and banquet in July. At the banquet, students share what they have learned during the summer program and present their leadership experience plan for the upcoming 10 months. Time is given afterward for the mentor and student to talk about next steps.

Resources

During the 10 months, Living The Questions provides monthly communication and resources to the mentors via email.

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