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Mentor's Digest

Introduction

Why You Make a Difference

As mentors, you make a difference because you:

  • provide the caring friendship that helps students believe in themselves
  • inspire students to work to achieve their dreams
  • help students learn about careers and the world of work
  • provide support that helps students stay in school, avoid drug use, and achieve academically
  • enhance your community's future workforce
  • help your employer demonstrate a commitment to the community
  • help students with disabilities overcome barriers and contribute to society
  • provide fresh perspectives to students
  • expand students' horizons by sharing their cultures and backgrounds


Who are Connecting to Success E-mentors?

A Connecting to Success e-mentor is an employee of the employer-partner that has agreed to collaborate with the school in implementing the e-mentoring project. The employee is recruited by his or her employer to volunteer for the program.


About E-Mentors

A Connecting to Success e-mentor is someone who volunteers to exchange e-mails with a student for one school year. A Connecting to Success e-mentor is someone who:

  1. Gives a mentee encouragement in reaching his or her goals
  2. Expects a protégé to give her/his best effort
  3. Is supportive while a protégé is improving skills
  4. Will not expect less from anyone because of a disability or limitation
  5. Only communicates with a protégé either during school or at planned school meetings
  6. Is a friend


Benefits for E-Mentors

  • Receive training in relationship enhancement and communication skills
  • Increase your understanding of the issues youth with disabilities face
  • Increase your awareness of diverse groups of people
  • Enjoy the friendship of a young person striving to succeed
  • Get to know yourself better through the e-mentoring relationship
  • Gain the satisfaction that comes from giving to others and to your community
  • Become acquainted with other volunteers

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