Mentorship is an important component of several Flourish programs. Scholarship students, interns, and $AVES participants alike benefit from developing a relationship with a mentor who cares about their well-being and can help them develop personally and professionally.
Recent research shows that having a mentor can help a young person who is at risk of not graduating High School become more likely to go on to college, participate in positive activities, and volunteer in their community. Once in a higher education program, students with a mentor are more likely to stay in college and graduate.
What does a Mentor do?
- Model positive relationships and help their mentees strengthen communication skills
- Help young people expand their career interests and encourage steps to achieve their goals
- Advocate for academic success, often helping their mentee set higher education goals
- Help youth believe they can create a future they want for themselves
Become a Scholarship or $AVES Mentor
To become a mentor for a scholarship or $AVES student, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a current VU employee in good standing
- Have at least 2 hours per month to devote to Mentoring
- Commit to a long-term (one year minimum) mentor relationship
To apply to be a mentor, email email@example.com.
Volunteer for a Flourish Program
Any community member [over the age of 21] can volunteer to assist with Flourish programs. Volunteers can help cook meals for the Flourish home, maintain our outdoor activity space, share special skills with the residents, and more!