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What’s Expected As A Mentor
There are 6 sessions and 1 orientation scheduled and we expect additional time will be necessary. All sessions will be virtual and take place via Zoom. Each mentor will be assigned at least one Statement Arts’ participant. You will meet with your mentee every week and together you will go through the applications for the colleges and schools that your mentee is interested in attending. Most of these applications will be accessible using the COMMON APP or the CUNY Portal, however, there may be some additional institutions that have their own applications as well. This process will have to be individualized for each mentee, as each one will face different challenges. Some of these challenges may be in the home, financial, or academic. Our program management team will provide mentors with guidance and information needed to support mentees throughout the program and will be available for any questions.
Time Commitment & Program Schedule
Outside of one orientation and 6 sessions, individual officer hours may be scheduled based on each mentee’s needs. Additional sessions may be scheduled in early Spring of 2022 based on progress of the mentees with their application and FAFSA submissions. We have a college financial aid team who will provide direct support for FAFSA submission and any other financial aid-related activities. As a mentor, you are to shepherd a mentee through the entire college application process. To understand and learn more about the FAFSA process, you can join the FAFSA Orientation on September 28 which is optional as a mentor.
An estimated accumulated hours of these activities are between 25 to 30 hours from October, 2021 to January, 2022.
Tuesday Sept. 28th, 6PM – 7:30PM – FAFSA ORIENTATION (optional to gain insights to FAFSA)
Thursday Oct 21st, 6PM-7PM – MENTORS ORIENTATION
Monday Oct. 25th, 5:30PM – 7PM – MENTOR SESSION #1
Saturday Nov. 6th, 12PM – 1:30PM – MENTOR SESSION #2
Monday Nov. 15th, 5:30PM – 7PM – MENTOR SESSION #3
Monday Nov. 29th, 5:30PM – 7PM – MENTOR SESSION #4
Saturday Dec. 11th, 12PM – 1:30PM – MENTOR SESSION #5
Monday Dec. 20th, 5:30PM – 7PM – MENTOR SESSION #6
Tools & Resources
The following tools and resources will be available for mentors and mentees to organize and track college application process step by step. These tools and resources will be reviewed during an orientation.
College Tracker (as shown below) to itemize target colleges and application requirements and deadlines. Each student will have one’s own tracker and one’s mentor will have access to an assigned mentee’s tracker. The trackers will be available via Google Drive.
A Financial Aid Worksheet will be provided to each student to identify and collect information required for the FAFSA application which will require both students and their parents’ information to complete the application. The worksheet will be available via Google Drive.
Our website include the following resources list:
Topics to Be Covered
Many of our students will qualify for additional financial assistance. Please make sure to check all applications they are submitting to verify what they qualify for as well as any additional requirements that may need to be uploaded. We are extremely lucky to have several financial aid counselors and experts working with us as part of this program.
THE COMMON APPLICATION
There are more than 450 colleges that use the Common Application, which is intended to make applying to colleges easier. With the Common App, the applicant fills in information about themselves and their family only once. If they are applying to lots of schools, it’s convenient to only have to fill in such things as contact information, coursework, extracurricular activities and parents’ background one time.
Please make sure to check applications that they are submitting to verify what they qualify for as well as any additional requirements that may need to be uploaded.
COMMON APP ESSAY
Assist the student in selecting one out of the seven common app essay questions. Review the students’ essays and provide constructive criticism.
OTHER ESSAY REQUIREMENTS
Each school inserts its own supplemental questions into the application so applying to each school will take extra effort. Review the students’ essays and provide constructive criticism.
(post FAFSA & Applications)
This step will be taken once the student has completed their FAFSA and College Applications (including Common App). Assist in research for potential scholarships and apply to them.
Each school, however, inserts its own supplemental questions into the application so applying to each school will take extra effort.
Waivers: Many of our students will also qualify for application fee waivers. We need to get these waivers from their high schools which can sometimes require persistent follow up. . More information about waivers can be found here
Zoom Tutorials: We are sure that most of you are well versed in Zoom protocol and we are hoping to take advantage of some of the additional resources like ‘breakout rooms’. Here are some additional Zoom resources for support or information:
Jessie Lee, Director of Operations
firstname.lastname@example.org — (718) 687-7605
Mildred Gil, Program Coordinator
email@example.com — (718) 314-8239