Frequently Asked Questions: MENTORS
Can anyone become a mentor? In order to become a mentor, you must be a female that is at least 24 years of age. If you meet these requirements and are interested in becoming a mentor, you will complete an application and send in all supporting documents. You must also be able to pass both a CORI check and driving record check to be considered.
Is it a requirement that each mentor have experienced the loss of their mother? No. Our mentors are positive role models from the community and while some may have experienced the loss of their mothers in childhood or early adulthood, others are women who have overcome some of life's greatest challenges and powered through.
What is the time commitment for mentors in the program? Each mentor is asked to commit to approximately 5 hours per month for a 12 month period. This commitment may consist of one-to-one activities, group outings, and communication throughout the month. Each mentor will be required to attend one three-hour mentor training per calendar year and report in to our mentor staff monthly. Mentors are also offered supportive outings with other mentors to meet and connect.
If special circumstances arise, what steps would a mentor take if they can no longer keep up with the required commitment? We understand that there will be circumstances and events in one’s life that will arise that may result in a mentor match termination. empowerHER works through this termination process, following guidelines outlined in our policy & procedural manual. However, mentors are encouraged to thoroughly evaluate the time commitment and be sure this important volunteer role is a fit.
Is the mentor responsible for the cost of any or all activities with their mentee? All programs and activities at empowerHER remain at no charge to the mentee and her family. It is our goal all activities will be low cost or no cost to the mentor. empowerHER partners with many generous partners such as area retailers, fitness studios, hair salons, sporting venues, and more that can offer no cost activities and outings.
What happens when a mentee shares information with a mentor that puts themselves or others in danger? Mentors receive annual training under the guides of Mass Mentor Partnerships (MMP) to review these and other crucial mentor program guidelines. We support the mentor every step of the way and these and other sensitive aspects of our program are reviewed with the family and the mentor at the time of the match.
What types of activities can mentors partake in with their mentee? All activities take place in the girl's natural environment. Depending on the interest of the mentee, some may enjoy outings such as lunch, walks/hikes, taking a trip to the city or other desired location, spending time outdoors, etc. The mentor communicates regularly with the parent/guardian and we encourage the mentor & mentee to brainstorm fun and exciting activities to take part in! empowerHER also hosts many events throughout the year that the mentors and mentees often times attend together.
Does the mentor choose their own mentee? Both the family and the prospective mentor are involved in the match process and we work together every step of the way to make for the most successful match possible! Upon receiving all supporting documentation from both the mentor and mentee, empowerHER matches based upon similarity in interests, geographic proximity, and the desires of the mentor and mentee.
Any questions or concerns can be addressed with the Mentor Program Coordinator Joanie Quealy, RN at, firstname.lastname@example.org or Cara Belvin, empowerHER Founder, at email@example.com.