Each mentor plays an extremely important role in our program. The mentor partners with the student, his or her family, and with Challenge to encourage academic and personal success and provide support for the duration the student is involved in the program.
To develop a strong and successful bond with a Challenge Scholar and his or her family, mentors will be both skilled and interested in:
- Allowing supportive and open relationships to develop naturally.
- Expressing sensitivity and respect to differences in culture and lifestyles.
- Serving as an advocate.
- Working to identify and celebrate the potential in Challenge Scholars.
- Spending quality time with a mentee.
- Working with a student’s support network.
- Communicating effectively with parents.
- Demonstrating reliability, work ethic, and other values.
- Stimulating imagination and reactivity through intellectual experiences and conversation.
- Continued training as a mentor.
- Participating in group outings.
- Discussing academic challenges.
- Serving as a role model, demonstrating excellence and integrity across many areas.
- Building and maintaining a long-term mentor-mentee relationship.
“I find mentoring not only rewarding but fun. I am so lucky to be a mentor to a kid who is absolutely brilliant. She is just so smart and capable and a ton of fun to hang out with. She understands what an amazing opportunity she has and she truly appreciates it. I have found the program to be so fulfilling through my relationship with my mentee, but also with the group of people that make The Challenge Foundation possible.”
“I am so grateful to be in my third year of mentoring with the Challenge Foundation. The positive attitudes, dedicated and consistent drive and compassionate personalities of the CF scholars and staff are remarkable examples of how we should all conduct ourselves. To be a small part of the integral CF program that will assist these fantastic young people in achieving their potential is a true blessing.”
“Mentoring takes work, creativity and dedication that teaches you that giving to another is the best gift you can give to yourself.”
“Other than raising my own children, I find mentoring through the Challenge Foundation to be the most rewarding experience of my life.”