MENTORU

Program Description

MentorU provides one-to-one mentoring to high school youth, blending technology with a structured focus on college readiness, workforce development, and career exploration. Our mentors also provide the social-emotional support proven to boost a student's self-confidence and communication skills.

Students will develop skills and build knowledge in the following areas:

  • Positive self-concept
  • Awareness of their self-interests & strengths
  • Positive racial identity
  • Awareness of risky behaviors
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to identify toxic relationships patterns
  • Growth mindset
  • Self-advocacy/efficacy

 

The program has four primary components:

Staff Support: Each Match is supported by a BBBS Program Coordinator to provide coaching, resources, and guidance.

Class Sessions: Students attend a weekly class session led by the BBBS Program Coordinator to explore the week's curriculum. 

Communication: Mentors respond throughout the week to messages from students with prompts based on that week's topic.

Monthly Events: Students and mentors meet in person each month to deepen their relationships and work through interactive activities.

 

Requirements and Expectations for MentorU Volunteers

  • 21 years or older
  • Pass a background check
  • Must live or work in Dane County
  • Must attend 8-9 events at Marshall High School
  • Complete online application process, interview, and references
  • Commit to mentor a student for at least 2 1/2 hours per month during the academic year
FAQ

CLASS SESSIONS

Students attend weekly class sessions led by the MentorU Program Coordinator to learn the week's curriculum.

MONTHLY EVENTS

Students and mentors meet in person 9 times to work on honing skills and discussing important topics.

COMMUNICATION

Mentors respond to messages from students with prompts based on that week's topics via a secure online platform. 

STAFF SUPPORT

Each Match is supported by the MentorU Program Coordinator to provide coaching, resources, and guidance.

We’re excited to launch our first MentorU cohort in partnership with Marshall High School, and will be looking for community involvement as we recruit mentors, provide Littles with workforce exploration, and create memorable experiences to promote college readiness.

Interested in learning more about getting involved as a mentor or a partner?
Reach out to Anaya Tande-Graham, Program Coordinator, at atandegraham@bbbsmadison.org or
608-661-5437 ext. 1112.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Whether you get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County as a donor, potential Big, partner, or advocate, you have the power to change a child's future for the better.