You can be a Community Mentor for Families to College if you:
- Have a college degree.
- Have an authentic interest in engaging with Cumberland County families and helping them to achieve their goals.
- Are trustworthy and able to maintain confidentiality.
- Are sensitive to cultural differences and the needs of individual families.
- Are patient, empathetic, and ready to listen and respond to families without judgement.
What does a Community Mentor do to help families?
- Work with Families to College staff to engage and build authentic relationships with families.
- Touch base with families at least twice per month.
- Help keep families on track to achieve goals laid out in their individual Family Goal Plan.
- Attend at least one family event per month.
- Encourage families to attend Families to College events.
- Give regular updates to the Mentor Manager.
What support can a Community Mentor expect?
- Thorough training concerning expectations and the necessary tools to work effectively with FTC Families.
- Family Goal Plans to guide the mentor/family relationship.
- Direct support from the FTC Mentor Manager.
- References and resources for helping families to meet important deadlines (i.e. college application deadlines).
- Regular events hosted by FTC to create opportunities to connect with families.
What benefits do we provide to Community Mentors?
- Opportunities to become part of a vibrant community committed to helping all members achieve success.
- Be directly involved with improving college attainment in Cumberland County.
- Free fun activities
- Know that you’re making a difference.