Case Western Reserve University faculty and staff personnel will be invited to serve as volunteer mentors. These professional role models are also committed, thoughtful, and trusted friends. They will serve as academic and career advisors, who will help the mentees to make significant contributions to their families, their community, and to the global society. Faculty and staff may assume multiple duties, including tutoring, mentoring, networking, and refining Scholars' social and personal presentation. The mentees, through working with the mentor, will have chances to enhance their academic and professional skills.
Faculty and staff mentors will be expected to devote one afternoon per week, typically on Tuesday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with their mentees who will be on the university campus. All volunteer mentors must complete a background check each year by scheduling a time to be fingerprinted with the CWRU police and undergo one mentoring training session with a staff member. The program session runs from early October to the first week of May every school year, with breaks for Thanksgiving, and Winter and Spring Breaks.
Partnership with East Cleveland Community
Long term, CWRU faculty and staff mentors will be connected to the East Cleveland community by partnering them East Cleveland middle and high school students.
Through this process, mentors will:
- Address the towering dropout rates among high school students
- Expose youth to faculty and staff who are experts in their fields and areas of study
- Connect students to faculty who can discuss with them the power of education as a central part of their future
- Help to demystify the link between education, employment and well-being
Support for Education
- Mentors help with homework and can improve their mentee’ academic skills
- Mentees who meet regularly with their mentors are less likely to skip a day of school or class
Support with day-to-day living
- Mentors improve mentee’s self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-image
- Mentors help mentees to relate well to others and help them strengthen their communication skills
Support for future work opportunities
- Mentors help mentees to set career goals and assist them with taking steps necessary to realize them
- Mentors introduce mentees to professional resources and organizations, and to the importance of networking
- Mentors can help their mentees learn how to seek and keep jobs, while reinforcing the importance of knowledge and skill sets through education