MENTORING & TUTORING
REQUIREMENTS &
GUIDELINES
Mentoring Program Guidelines

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


Qualifications
  • 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.


                
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