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Changing Lanes Mentoring Program

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Changing Lanes Mentoring Program

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  1. Changing Lanes Mentoring Program Mentee Orientation Fall 2008

  2. What is Mentoring? • Mentoring is a relationship that helps an individual to grow and develop • When done properly, it fosters student engagement • It provides a support base and a sounding board for mentees • It helps students navigate the system that can be overwhelming • It is a two way relationship (Adopted from Texas State University)

  3. Mentoring: • Makes you feel connected & confident • Provides role models • Increases your chances of graduating in 4 years • Produces higher GPAs • Increases your on campus engagement

  4. What Can a Mentor do for me? • Enrich your AAMU academic, social and professional experience • Support and encourage you to achieve your goals • Allow for the opportunity to network and build relationships • Assist in confidence building • Provide an opportunity to develop into your major

  5. Expectations of a Mentee • Have an interest in developing academic and professional goals • Commitment to have regular contact with your mentor • Commitment to agreed goals and plan of action • Attend Plan activities • Be on time • Be professional in your writing and speaking • Participate in professional development workshops

  6. Tips to Enhancing your Mentoring Experience • Return phone calls and email promptly • Approach your mentor about issues you need to have resolved • Let your mentor know areas that you need assistance • Show interest in your academic progress • Communicate professionally if there are differences of opinion • Contact the Changing Lanes office to resolve issues with your mentor

  7. Top 15 Offices to Call for Assistance • Academic Advising • Office of Retention & Academic Support • Financial Aid • Office of Student Activities • Career Development Services • Counseling Center • Dean of Students Office • Registrar’s Office

  8. Top 15 Offices to Call for Assistance (cont.) • Special Student Services • Public Safety ( Police) • Counseling and Development • Judicial Affairs Office • Student Health Center • Student Government Association • Student Housing • Residential Life

  9. Final Tips for Mentees • Have realistic expectations • Don’t expect an instant connection • All matches are not made in heaven (re-matching) • Provide suggestions for improvement • Mentors are not your parents, their jobs are to improve your student experience (adopted from Texas State University)

  10. Contact Questions/Comments Howard Wright, Program Specialist 256-372-5493 or See me on face book - Changing Lanes Mentoring Group

  11. Mentoring Contract • The Changing Lanes Mentoring Contract must be completed by each mentee in order to be a part of the program. Please log on to http://www2.aamu.edu/changinglanes/menteeconfirm.htm to complete the contract