Parents

Welcome to Mentors, Inc., Parents!

At Mentors, Inc., parents/legal guardians play an integral role in helping their teenager find success in his/her one-to-one mentoring relationship with a professional adult mentor. The ongoing care, love, and support that parents/legal guardians provide can give their teenager the strength and confidence that he/she needs to navigate the mentoring journey on his/her own.

Because of the private and personal nature of the one-to-one mentoring relationship between a teenager and mentor, parents/legal guardians can sometimes feel less involved in the relationship than they would like to be.  While this is a natural response for some, it is important for all supportive parties to allow the teenager and mentor the time and space they need to bond. A successful mentoring relationship thrives when the teenager and mentor feel like they are driving the relationship independently and for their own personal reasons.

Parent/Guardian Checklist:

1. Help your teenager apply.
⎯    Complete a Parent Application and other required forms and return them to program staff.
⎯    Complete parent release forms to give permission for your teen to participate. (This applies to teenagers who are less than 18 years of age and begins the enrollment process.)

2. Attend a Parent-Student Orientation with your teen.
⎯    Learn more about Mentors, Inc., its mentor-matching process, and program rules.
⎯    Ask questions you may have about your role in helping your teen make the most of the mentoring experience.

3. Support your teenager’s one-to-one mentoring relationship.
⎯    Keep a healthy distance while your child bonds with his/her mentor.
⎯    Give them time and space to allow a successful one-on-one relationship to develop.
⎯    Communicate with your teen about their mentoring experience.
⎯    Seek insight, advice, and guidance from program staff.

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents:

To learn more about the role that parents/legal guardians play, please read our Frequently Asked Questions page for parents.  


For additional information about our program and parents' role, please contact Program Manager Rameka Blakey at 202-495-3761 or rblakey@mentorsinc.org.  When ready, your teen can submit an online application by clicking on the following link:  STUDENT APPLICATION

(Note: You can not save the online student application, but you can print it before submitting.)


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