DREAM PROJECT MENTORING PROGRAM
The Dream Project is a non-profit organization that encourages and supports promising immigrant youth in their pursuit of higher education through mentoring, scholarships, advocacy, and community outreach.
The mentoring program is geared towards preparing local high school students to gain admission to and succeed in college. The mentees of the program are current high-school seniors from Northern Virginia. The mentors of the program are current college students from surrounding colleges and universities in the area.
Program Details & Mentor Description
Each mentee of the program works with an assigned mentor one-on-one, in addition to working as part of the larger group, for the course of his/her senior year. Mentors, having first-hand knowledge of what it takes to enter into and excel in college, provide mentees support with college and scholarship applications, essays, resumes and other areas related to college admission/access. Together, mentees and mentors also participate in a number of leadership and professional activities/events over the year. Mentors are also included in the process of developing the structure of the overall program in addition to individual lesson plans for mentoring sessions.
Serving as a mentor is a serious responsibility that requires dedication, compassion and skill. In considering prospective mentors, the Dream Project looks for individuals who are passionate about serving others and believe in higher education opportunities for all students. Additionally, individuals should:
- be currently enrolled in college in the Washington, DC Metro Area;
- demonstrate a knowledge of the college admissions process;
- possess outstanding leadership skills;
- and, have a record of academic excellence at their university.
Individuals who are themselves a minority student or a first generation student in college and meet the above expectations are highly encouraged to apply!
Mentoring Sessions & Training
Mentoring sessions are held every Thursday (excluding holidays) from 5:30pm until 7:30pm between September 2013 and April 2014 at Arlington Public Schools Building, 1426 N Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22207. Activities and events will be scheduled throughout the year and will occur at various locations and times.
Mentors are expected to attend a training session with the program coordinator and mentoring committee prior to the start of the program. This year’s training will be held on October 3rd, 2013 at 5:30pm at Arlington Public Schools Building, 1426 N Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22207.
Expectations & Commitments
Mentors of the program agree to the following commitments and expectations in addition to the responsibilities outlined under the mentor description:
- Mentors must commit to serve for at least one semester to one academic year.
- Mentors must attend mentor training at the beginning of the year.
- Mentors must be willing to travel to every session, activity and/or event.
- Mentors should come to all sessions prepared to work with scholars on their applications, essays, resumes, and other materials related to college.
- Mentors are expected to keep ALL information shared and entrusted to him/her, by a mentee, within the organization. No information should be shared with anyone outside of the organization.
- Mentors of the program are to attend all mentoring sessions, activities and events.
- Mentors are to commit to at least 2 hours of one-on-one mentoring with the students weekly at the scheduled mentoring sessions. Furthermore, mentors should be prepared to communicate with students via e-mail or phone each week outside of mentoring sessions.
- Mentors should be present at each weekly meeting with the Program Coordinator to discuss lesson plans, ideas for improvement, and to provide updates on the scholars.
- If for any reason a mentor will not be able to attend a session, activity or event, he/she should notify the Program Coordinator as soon as possible and work to schedule another day to meet with his/her mentee.
If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please fill out the following forms in this document, scan and return via e-mail with the heading “Mentor Application – Your Name” to email@example.com or mail to P.O. Box 7419 Arlington, VA 22207. The deadline for the application is September 27th, 2013. Once all applications have been received, qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Those selected to be mentors will be notified shortly after they have successfully interviewed.
If you require additional information about the program, please feel free to contact the Program Coordinator or Executive Intern, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 703-475-8145.
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Emergency Contact Information
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Mentor Consent Form
In order for you to participate in the program we ask you sign the following agreement:
Participation & Liability
I would like to participate in the Dream Project Mentoring Program, including all sponsored mentoring sessions, activities and events. I understand that participation in any of these requires personal travel to/from each location. I recognize that Dream Project, Inc., while making every reasonable effort to ensure the safety of its students and volunteers, cannot guarantee the absolute safety of each participant during the program. As such, I freely and voluntarily accept those risks and agree to not hold Dream Project, Inc. or any of their volunteers liable for any illness, injury, or accident, which may occur at or in transit to one of the mentoring sessions, activities or events.
I acknowledge that the Dream Project, Inc. does not assume responsibility in the operation or coordination of transportation to and from mentoring sessions, activities, and events. I will hold Dream Project Inc. and its board of directors harmless and not liable for any accidents, loss or injury should any occur during transportation.
I hereby authorize Dream Project, Inc. to obtain appropriate emergency medical attention on my behalf should attention be required in the event that my listed emergency contact cannot be reached. Furthermore, I agree to assume liability for any and all medical expenses thereby incurred.
I give permission for my picture to be used by Dream Project, Inc. for the purpose of recruitment or public relations.
I, ____________________________________ (mentor name), have read, understood and agree to all of the above.
Signature of mentor: _______________________________________________________.