We have 35+ adults that come to our building each week to mentor students. We partner with Lutheran Social Services in recruiting, training, and managing the paperwork of this process.
These adults are fantastic. They are low maintenance and generous.
We do two specific things to honor their time.
First, at the high school level, the schedule can change from week to week. This means the lunch times can swing by as much as 15 minutes depending on what is going on in the building.
Two or three days before the schedule change, I send out a text message to mentors who sign up through REMIND, an education platform designed to safely communicate between students and teachers. This allows me to communicate quickly and efficiently with the mentors so we can honor their time each day they come to our building.
A second strategy is to closely monitor when a mentor comes to our building and the student is not present. At the high school level, the expectation is that the student and the mentor manage this arrangement. If the mentor comes to school and the student is absent, I make it a big deal.
This situation is first addressed at the match lunch that we host for new pairings. Students are to respect mentor’s time by communicating well. I play the bad cop in these situations and remind students to let their mentor know when they are going to be absent.
These two simple strategies are critical to mentors having a positive experience in our building.