Students look up to mentors as role models of academic and professional success. Mentors
are asked to be supportive, encouraging and motivating. The primary function of the
mentor/student relationship is to let the students know that there is a caring, supportive
person who is willing to listen to them, share experiences and offer encouragement.
Students also look to mentors for guidance in the arenas of professional and career
Puente asks the mentors to donate 4-6 hours per quarter. These hours are met through
mentor/student workshops two per quarter, email and/or in person meetings. In addition,
first time and/or returning mentors are asked to attend a mentor-training workshop
that will assist them in developing a successful relationship with their student.
At the end of the academic year, Puente provides an End of the Year Celebration, acknowledging
the students, mentors, and families for their support to a successful year. All activities
are important to attend.
For the student,the completed mentor/student time are given points for their grade in Human Development
class. Students are also given English assignments that require the student to meet
with their mentor to complete the assignments.
Students and mentors are match by gender, interests, by personalities, or by living
location and whenever possible sometimes by major. However, most students change their
major choice two to three times. Some students are attending the community college
because they are undecided.
Mentor commitments are for three quarters. Mentors are asked at the beginning of the
following academic year if they intend to recommit for the following three quarter.
It is important for the mentor to reevaluate his or her own personal commitments before
committing time to the Puente student. If you need to take time off consider returning
the following academic year. We will always need dynamic and caring mentors to be
involved with Puente.