Jose here, blogging to you today about a very special program: the mentorship program at Seattle Girls’ School. I have never been a mentor, but in my middle school years, I was lucky enough to have a few that really helped guide my future direction. Does anyone stand out for you in those oh so formative years?
Perhaps you always wanted to be a mentor and give back what you felt was so important in your development. Well here at the NWGC we like to bring resources together. We know the talented and amazing women that make up our individual contributors, supporters, and organizations.
“SGS is a 5th through 8th grade middle school committed to empowering young women to be leaders in their communities through a challenging academic program focused on collaboration, integration, and real-world problem solving.”
Mentors are asked to make an in-person, twice-a-month commitment to their mentee from October to June. “There are many ways to be involved in a mentee's life such as coming to the school for lunch, attending a class culmination, or bringing your mentee to work.”
Recently, I contacted a veteran of the SGS program to get a feel for the Mentor’s experience.
Like many of us who donate our time to non-profit work, Kelly was looking for a volunteer opportunity. The suggestion of the SGS program came via an aunt. At the time, Kelly’s cousin was a student at SGS.
What follows are portions of the electronic interview I had with Kelly.
- How did the process of getting to know parents and mentee go for you? It was easy to get to know the parents--they were very open and friendly. My mentee was very shy at first and it took persistent hang-outs for us to really start to click. But we eventually did, and it's been lovely.
- What types of activities do you do, and how are they decided upon? We usually go to movies because that's what my mentee likes to do. We also have gone skiing, which was so much fun. I usually email and then call my mentee, and we plan things with her parents' permission. Oftentimes her parents end up being the confirming factor, via email or phone.
- And finally what is a specific memory or activity you are particularly fond of? My mentee and I came up with a comic book idea while we were on a chairlift once when we went skiing. She has a great, dark sense of humor and I just love her creativity. She stands out from the other students at SGS in this respect, which has made being her mentor so fun--I'm really proud of her.
Whether you are a long time volunteer, or just getting started, there’s nothing like the rewarding feeling of getting involved, sharing time, skills, and knowledge. Take a peek at the link above for more detailed information. Find out if this may be the right fit for you. Best of luck and thanks for reading. Special thanks to Kelly for her time and input.