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Dec. 3, 2010 | Volume 21, No. 12

Make a difference: Be a mentor

The University of Pittsburgh Reaching Inside Your Soul for Excellence (RISE) Mentoring Program is an intervention program that addresses the critically important issues of retention and graduation rates of college students.

Mentoring is a vital component of effective retention programs. Mentors ensure that Pitt students are connected not only to each other and the University, but also are connected to someone who has the knowledge, experience, and interest to help them realize their full potential.

Currently, there are 113 students enrolled in the RISE Mentoring Program. To provide more students with the best possible experience, the program is looking for volunteer mentors. The extent of a RISE mentoring relationship is determined by the mentor and the student. Expectations for mentors are reasonable and flexible.

Mentors are expected to:

1. Complete the online Mentor Registration Form at http://rise2009.eventbrite.com.
2. Participate in mentor training, if and when schedule permits.
3. Check e-mail for periodic program updates and announcements from the RISE program director.
4. Communicate all concerns about students to the RISE program director.
5. Communicate (face-to-face, telephone, or e-mail) with students at least twice per month.
6. Complete a brief RISE Mentor/Mentee Survey at the end of each semester to provide feedback.
7. Participate in RISE events if or when schedule permits.

In addition, RISE offers different types of mentoring arrangements, including one-on-one, small group (one mentor with two to three students), and mentoring teams (two to three mentors with four to six students). You are able to select a mentoring type that suits your style and comfort level.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor, register online.


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