Mentoring (M.O.R.E)

M.O.R.E

Mentoring of Rising Eagles

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About M.O.R.E.

Mentoring of Rising Eagles, or M.O.R.E., is a mentoring program hosted by the Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service. M.O.R.E. works as a one-on-one mentoring program for students with community professionals through developing new meaningful friendships, learning valuable skills through group workshops and other mentee and mentor.

Here’s how It works:

As we pilot the program this first year we will rely on significant face to face contact between students and program staff as we guide them through the selection process.  We anticipate as the program grows we will introduce more automation allowing for faster connections and more efficient operations.  For the time being however, we are more concerned with developing quality processes and this is facilitated by personal interactions. For more information, check out our Mentoring Guide and the M.O.R.E. Frequently Asked Questions.

Benefits: 

Mentor benefits-

  • Refine your coaching and mentoring skills
  • Develop meaningful connections with students
  • Learn about the Mary Washington of today and the next generation
  • Alumni experience a reconnection with Mary Washington
  • Expand your professional network

Mentee benefits-

  • Build a professional network
  • Develop and enhance professional and communication skills
  • Connect academics and career; acquire advice on experiences and courses that would be of greatest benefit
  • Explore new ideas and areas of interest
  • Gain exposure to career options, advice and job search tips

Expectations:

Mentor expectations:

The primary expectation is that you engage with your mentee and give them enough time and support to make the connection worthwhile for you both.  This starts with you and the mentee taking the opportunity to decide how the relationship will work.  As part of this we have some basic expectations of our mentors, including:

  • Spend at least two hours per month building the mentoring relationship
  • Set expectations with students for how and when you will contact each other
  • Help your student in identifying and setting goals, track progress and make changes. For more information, read the Goal Setting document.
  • Approach mentoring relationship with an open mind, professionalism and respect
  • Support student’s professional and personal development
  • Respond to all communications in a timely manner
  • Maintain and model professional behavior. Define professional behavior if needed
  • Communicate problems with the mentoring relationship to program staff at the Center at  chls@umw.edu

Mentee Expectations:

Before a student can search for a mentor, they must attend a mandatory orientation in which they are instructed to think about what they want out of a mentoring relationship. They are informed of our expectations, which include:

  • Spend at least two hours per month building the mentoring relationship
  • Make the first contact with the selected mentor and respond to all communication
  • Set specific goals for the mentoring relationship with mentor. For more information, read the Goal Setting document.
  • Agree and commit to expectations and goals set with the mentor
  • Be appropriate in their requests of their mentor, in particular, in NOT asking for a job or sponsorship
  • Approach the mentoring relationship with an open mind, professionalism and respect
  • Be receptive to suggestions and feedback
  • Communicate problems with the mentoring relationship to program staff at chls@umw.edu

For more tips for students, check out Mentoring Tips For Mentees and The First Conversation: A Guide for Students.

How to get involved:

 Apply to be a mentee by stopping by the Center for Honor, Leadership and Service or logging onto the CHLS website.

To become a mentor, start by filling out the Mentor Profile here. 

 

More helpful documents:

M.O.R.E. Mentoring Agreement

Building the Mentoring Program

Suggested Mentoring Activities