It is agreed and understood that where GBCM&G Services is shown; it means Grace Bible Center Mentoring and Guidance Services.
GBC Mentor or Tutors: A mentor/tutor in the Grace Bible Center Mentoring and Guidance Services Program acts as a positive adult role model and friend to a youth.
Who Are The Youth In Need of Mentors or Tutors? The youth referred to the GBC Services Program are between the age of 5 and 18 years old. They are referred from all of servicing communities as well as from targeted elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. They may be struggling to succeed in school and their guidance counselor feels that they could benefit from a positive adult role model to encourage them in this endeavor, or may simply need tutoring or assistance in their school classes.
Mentors & Tutors Qualifications and Traits The role of a mentor is an unusual one; it is neither that of tutor, nor is it that of friend. Mentors are expected to be able to develop a relationship with each of their mentees, but it is a special kind of relationship. Mentors must assume a level of professionalism in the role, to be able to encourage and foster trust in the relationship, and to be sure to avoid any abuse of power.
Mentors and tutors at GBC are also required to develop a sense of understanding and commitment within a group of students who have typically had little previous contact with each other. With each meeting, however, mentors need to be able to step back, little by little, as the mentees gradually assume more responsibility for the mentoring sessions. Mentors must be sensitive to students with special needs, and know how to identify students who appear to be at academic or personal risk, and the steps that need to be taken in such situations. At the same time, mentors must always be mindful of their own personal boundaries, and know how to protect and ensure their own emotional health. Most importantly, mentors are as much leaders by example as by the advice they give.
Broadly speaking, to be effective, mentors need to have training in generic interpersonal communication skills.
Responsibilities of a Mentor
Provide friendship, emotional support, and inspiration to the youth with whom you've been matched
Commit to spending one hour per week/4 hours per month
Adhere to Grace Bible Center Mentoring & Guidance Services Program policies and procedures
Submit a monthly activity log to program coordinator
Be at least 21 years of age
Adhere to all Grace Bible Center’s Mentoring and Guidance Services Program Policies & Procedures
Have access to a reliable means of transportation
Ability to not only mentor but tutor students in need of assistance in daily classes (At least at elementary school level classes).
PROGRAM PARTICIPATION EXPECTATIONS
Before being matched with a mentee in our program, you will be expected to complete all necessary paperwork and background checks satisfactorily, including but not limited to:
Illinois Adult and Child Abuse & Neglect Registry check
Illinois Sex Offender Registry check
FBI National Record Check, which includes fingerprinting
Provide credentials of educational level and/or equivalent training
Verifiable background checks and previous employment history
Expectations of mentors
Keep regular and frequent contacts with your mentee, a minimum of one hour per week.
Keep the content of discussions within the mentoring relationship confidential. All your exchanges with your mentee--both personal and professional--are subject to the expectations of professional confidentiality. Although this confidentiality is legally limited, neither of you should discuss the contents of your discussions with anyone else without the written permission of the other.
Mentors are NOT expected to evaluate a mentee’s work; rather, a mentor helps a mentee find resources to receive objective evaluations and feedback on performance.
Mentors should assess the mentoring relationship at least monthly and contact the Program Director for advice or needed changes. Monthly survey forms are also distributed for this purpose.
If providing tutoring sessions for students; mentors/tutors should provide to the program coordinator a weekly progress of the mentees/students progress and/or suggested plans for achieving their success.
Expectations of mentees
Maintain regular and frequent contacts with your mentor, a minimum of one hour per week.
Mentees are encouraged to share their career plans with the mentor, ask for advice, reflect on the mentor’s observations; and inform the mentor about the results of various efforts.
Keep the content of discussions within the mentoring relationship confidential. All your exchanges with your mentor--both personal and professional--are subject to the expectations of professional confidentiality. Although this confidentiality is legally limited, neither of you should discuss the contents of your conversation with anyone else without the written permission of the other.
Refrain from asking mentors for evaluative advice; rather, take advantage of the mentor’s suggestions about resources for feedback and objective evaluation.
Re-evaluate the mentoring relationship with the mentor monthly. Survey forms are distributed for this purpose.