You Can Make A Difference

Mentor A Student

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Mentors are volunteers who help with school work, encourage students to identify their interests, listen carefully, talk about opportunities, and consult with coordinators about possible help for serious problems. They help build the student’s confidence and motivation to graduate and to pursue an appropriate future in college and/or career. They share their own experiences, if these are likely to be relevant and encouraging. They never forget to listen.

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Report regularly to a Volunteer Coordinator and participate, to the extent possible, in workshops and other planned events for mentors and students.

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Get a background clearance from our partner, Be A Mentor. This includes a TB test (or certificate) and fingerprinting.  It may take a few days or a few weeks so should be begun as soon as possible. Your health insurance will normally cover your TB test and we will gladly help locate a fingerprinting location near you. Any costs are reimbursed.

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Attend a free training. These are held every third Saturday.

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Help the same student every week with homework and encouragement, 3 hours per week during school hours, for seven to eight months during the school year.

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Be a positive role model, develop a relationship of trust and respect with your student, and provide counseling as well as academic support.

Interested in mentoring for Oakland Serves?

You Can Make A Difference

An Oakland Serves Mentor Can Expect To...

  • Provide help with homework and personal encouragement

  • Volunteer 3 hours per week on a school day

  • Work in a program for students most at risk of dropping out

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