Reach Out Mentoring Model

Mentoring—all about selfless caring.
We believe each person is unique, worthy, precious, and has a destiny.

Intentional Mentoring Defined

Mentoring is an ongoing structured relationship between trusted and trusting individuals who grow and develop in a holistic partnership that includes academic, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical realms.

Both partners develop competence and character by

Roles & Responsibilities


  1. Mentors are required to meet with their mentee at least once a week at for at least one academic year. Mentors are encouraged to car pool with their Family Leaders.
  2. Mentors and their mentees must attend the monthly event coordinated by their Family Leader. Attendance for this event is MANDATORY. Mentors are encouraged to schedule additional one-on-one outings with their mentees each month.
  3. Mentors must stay in regular contact with their mentees’ teachers. This can be done via email on most occasions; however, face-to-face meetings with teachers are encouraged if the mentee is having difficulty in a class.
  4. Mentors must meet the mentees family by scheduling a home visit. Mentors are also encouraged to stay in regular contact with the mentee’s family.
  5. Mentors must attend training workshops once a month. If you cannot meet the schedule, contact Jeannine to arrange an alternative day and time.
  6. Complete personal goal forms (when children are also doing so with report cards) and an end-of-the-year Reach Out evaluation.

Family Leaders

  1. Family Leaders mentor their mentors. Mentors must be able to share their problems and roadblocks, and be helped to see their successes. This is accomplished by
    • making weekly phone calls to mentors in their family groups to find out how things are going and what resources they need,
    • helping communicate Reach Out news and updates to mentors, and
    • planning monthly get-togethers for mentors in their families that include time to reflect and share more deeply what we are learning from mentoring, to do training worksheets, and to complete learning-style inventories and other surveys.
  2. Family leaders must model and reinforce the growth in skills and strategies that are expected of mentors. The strategies prescribed are
    • openly sharing personal ways of applying, practicing, and internalizing our workshop training skills,
    • sharing personal reflections about ongoing growth and development in character, leadership, and integrity,
    • participating in monthly training workshops, and
    • attending bimonthly Family Leader meetings.
  3. Family Leaders handle logistics for regular mentoring at sites, Family Events, weekend outings, World of Work experiences, and any community service projects by
    • coordinating transportation,
    • assisting with family event planning,
    • dealing with general problems associated with coming to evening and weekend outings or events for mentors, children, and family members, and
    • dealing with attendance problems at school, workshops, family events, etc.

Site Coordinators


MRO Training and Volunteer Management

Family Events

World of Work

Science Fair

Children (mentees)

  1. Attend every week. Bring planner, recent tests, current homework, and textbooks.
  2. Facilitate communication among teachers, parents, and mentor by sharing notes and talking about work, problems, and learning.
  3. Remain courteous and respectful with mentor, teachers, counselor, and parents.
  4. Attend Family Events, weekend outings, World of Work experiences, and community service projects.
  5. Complete personal goal forms after each report card and an end-of-year evaluation.
  6. Attend workshops of interest.

Parents, Grandparents, and Guardians

  1. Communicate regularly with mentor via email, phone calls, or in person at home or school.
  2. Attend Family Events, World of Work experiences, and other appropriate outings.
  3. Provide your child with transportation to events and outings. Offer to give rides for your child’s mentor.
  4. Invite your mentor home for dinner at least once a semester.
  5. Invite mentor to join you for school Open House/Capsule Night, parent-teacher conferences, and music or sporting events.
  6. Attend Reach Out workshops when you can.

Site Staff

  1. Communicate with mentors via email, phone calls, and/or after-school meetings.
  2. Welcome mentors to conferences, Capsule Night, school evening events (e.g., NASA nights) and classes or advisories.
  3. Inform mentors when children are “in trouble” with grades, homework assignments, choice of friends, and serious discipline issues.
  4. Inform mentors when children are doing well or taking steps towards being a positive and responsible student (e.g., turning in homework on time, paying attention and being engaged in class).

Last updated 28 Oct 07

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