Miller Mentor Program

Parents, community members and business personnel are encouraged to become a Miller Mentor in our school based program. It does require a time commitment of at least 30 minutes once a week in order to establish a relationship. A Miller Mentor is a positive role model that helps empower and motivate students to succeed! Mentors meet with their mentee at least once a week for 30-45 minutes. Students needing to have a mentor are identified by counselors and teachers in our schools. Parents may also request a mentor for their child.

We are looking for individuals with the following skills to become mentors:

  • Supportive -  By far, the most important role of a mentor is to support and encourage young people, particularly as they struggle to overcome obstacles and solve problems. When young people feel down, upset with their families, or unhappy in their life situations, mentors are beside them, letting them talk about anything and reminding them of their innate value.

  • Active Listener - Mentors listen first and speak last. Many kids mention how little they feel listened to by most adults. Often, they feel inferior even when they have good ideas. Mentors always listen.

  • Encourage Them To Succeed - Help them set goals and push just enough to show them that they CAN accomplish more than they imagined!

  • Authentic Interest in the Mentee as an Individual - Kids can tell the difference between adults who are authentically interested in them as individuals and those who are just playing a role. Mentor's value their mentee's ideas and honor their changing feelings and moods.

  • Foster Self Decision-Making - Good mentors don't judge young people or impose their own beliefs on them. Instead they remind them who they are and help them believe they have the insights to make good choices. Knowing they are not being judged helps young people think through decisions critically, sifting through the deeper values that will inform the adults they become.

  • Lend Perspective - Adult mentors provide perspective to young people from their additional years of life experience. When obstacles seem overwhelming, mentors help put those challenges in perspective. They also help young people see both sides of a situation, helping model the skills of positive skepticism.

  • Consistency - Your attendance needs to be consistent and you need to be punctual. Many times children lack this in their personal lives. If you have to miss your weekly get-together, call the secretary so they can get a note to your mentee and reschedule for another day that week if possible.

  • All mentoring should be conducted at the school site in an open and friendly area, such as the library, cafeteria or other areas designated at the school.

Confidentiality In the School

  • Confidentiality is a must! You must sign a confidentiality agreement and pass a background check before being becoming a mentor.

For more information about being a mentor, please call Dianna Mann, Volunteer Programs Coordinator, at 354-3716.

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