Can you think of a mentor in your life who influenced your decisions, habits, or future for the better? You could be that mentor to a high school student! Each year in the fall, Clairemont High School recruits industry and community volunteers who would like to mentor students in each of our Academy Pathways. Our goal is to connect every 11th grader at CHS with a mentor who can share their interests and hard-won wisdom as they guide our students through the challenges of academics and career decision-making. If you believe that education and student guidance are foundational to our society, please read on and volunteer to become a mentor today!
Apply to Mentor
Apply to mentor by completing our online Mentor Application & Profile Form 2017-18. This form will require 10-15 minutes to complete as it provides us with a detailed profile of each volunteer. The deadline to apply is extended to October 23, 2017!
Mentor Program Overview
- Fast Facts: Click here for a printable PDF version of the Fast Facts and Scheduled Meetings CHS Mentor Program 2017-18
- Structure: Mentors meet with CHS 11th grade students monthly on campus on the 3rd Friday of the month for about one hour.
- Materials: All forms, session agendas, monthly activities, and training materials are provided.
- Commitment: Mentors make an 8 month commitment: one meeting per month October through May. It is important that mentors attend each and every session.
- Session Topics: Agendas are pre-planned and focus on topics such as: SMART Goals, Academic Success, Action Planning, Career-Planning, and Resume & Interview Skills.
- Location: Sessions are held at the Clairemont High School Library, supervised by CHS staff. See our Fast Facts and Scheduled Meetings CHS Mentor Program 2017-18
- Dates: All mentor monthly sessions are on the 3rd Friday of each month (except for the first meeting in Oct). Exact dates are pre-scheduled and can be found on our Fast Facts and Scheduled Meetings CHS Mentor Program 2017-18
- Times: Sessions are each 80 minutes in length including mentor announcements prior to each student meeting. Session times are specific to our CHS Academy Pathways. Though it is ideal to match mentors to students in the academy that best fit the industry sector, this is not mandatory.
Application Process to Become a Mentor:
STEP 1: MENTOR APPLICATION & PROFILE FORM ONLINE
Adult community partners interested in mentoring should read the details of the mentor program carefully on this page, especially the Scheduled Mentor Meetings, and then fill out the online Mentor Application & Profile Form as early as possible. Potential mentor applications will be reviewed, and those selected to mentor for the year will be contacted by Clairemont High.
STEP 2. VOLUNTEER PAPERWORK AND PROOF OF CLEAR TB TEST
All volunteers in SD Unified School District must complete the Volunteer Application and Code of Conduct and be able to provide proof of a Clear TB (Tuberculosis) test current within the last four years OR Complete the Adult Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment Questionnaire and have it signed by a licensensed healthcare providor. If you have had a TB test done in the last four years, simply provide written proof of clear test to the Mentor Program Coordinator. If you do not qualify for the questionnairre clearnance, and need to have a test done, please see your medical provider or any clinic to complete the two-part test and then ask for written confirmation of clear test using this form: SDUSD Volunteer TB Test Card. Once you have all elements of the volunteer packet, including TB Test, complete, please submit documents to Lori Serrano, Administrative Aide at Clairemont High. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEP 3. MENTOR ORIENTATION
All mentors must attend one orientation. Each one is held at Clairemont High School. For 2017-18, Mentor Orientations will be held on:
- Option A: Th Oct 12, 2017 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm at @CHS Library
- Option B: Wed Oct 18, 2017 from 8:00 - 9:30 am @CHS Library
STEP 4: MATCHING STUDENTS TO MENTORS
Academy staff carefully match each mentor with a student group based on similarities such as personality traits, hobbies, and career interests. Mentors and students each fill out an extensive profile that helps make this match. The mentoring relationships will formally last one school year. In the past, the majority of our mentors and students have agreed they were very well matched! For more info about the goals of the mentor program, mentoring techniques and guidelines, and detailed agendas and activities for each mentor meeting, see the Mentor Handbook pdf link at the bottom of this page.
STEP 5: LIVESCAN FINGERPRINTING
Due to district volunteer guidelines, any mentors wishing to particpate in the Job Shadow Fieldtrip experience (February Mentor Session) need to complete LiveScan fingerprinting. This is in order to allow mentors to leave campus and be responsible for students without CHS staff supervision. Please note: mentors wishing to particpate in the program, but not the Job Shadow, may choose to forego the Livescan requirement as long as they set up some sort of alternative experiential job shadow visit for their students. For all mentors wishing to chaparone their own job shadow trip with their students, we ask they please complete the Livescan no later than the December meeting. Scheduling a Livescan is the responsibility of the mentor and must be completed through the San Diego Unified School District’s Police Services Livescan Department.
INFO ON LIVESCAN THROUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICE DEPT:
The San Diego School Police Services Office office is located in University Heights at: 4100 Normal St., San Diego, CA 92103. Hours are Monday through Friday: Walk-ins: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For more information, go to the SDUSD Police Services LiveScan Page. When you go in for your LiveScan, you will need to take a proper form of ID and the completed Request to Conduct Volunteer Screening New. (Please print this form and fill out to take with you.) To properly fill out this form, please follow these simple instructions:
- Please check “CATEGORY D – Volunteer Fingerprint” at the top of the form.
- For “REQUESTING SCHOOL” please write in “Clairemont High Mentor Program”
- For “VOL. COORDINATOR,” please write in “Liz Rush.”
- For “Volunteer Activity” please Check “Other” and write in “Mentor”
When you go in, be sure to tell them you are a volunteer for Clairemont High’s Mentor Program. PLEASE NOTE: Results usually take two weeks or more to process, so mentors should begin as soon as possible. If you have received a LiveScan through San Diego Unified School District in the last year, or you are already a district employee, your info should already be on file. Please contact the office above and they will confirm. Mentor Volunteers who received a Livescan with San Diego School Police last year do not have to do the entire fingerprinting process again. Instead, returning mentors need only fill out the form, print “returning mentor” at the top, and fax in the form to the number listed on the sheet.
We expect mentors to:
- Commit to attending all scheduled meetings for the year
- Be on time to meetings and CHS staff if there is a sudden conflict
- Be positive
- Share with students about your career, successes, lessons learned, etc.
- Listen to students with an open mind
- Respond to e-mail correspondences in a timely manner
- Be a resource to students when they desire career advice or business contacts
- Notify CHS staff if students need additional guidance or if mentor has any concerns
- Complete the Volunteer Application and Code of Conduct
- Complete the Adult Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment Questionnaire or SDUSD Volunteer TB Test
- Complete a Volunteer Screening (livescan) if mentor wishes to accompany student on a job shadow fieldtrip
- Read and sign the Mentoring Contract before meeting students
Materials and Printable Documents
- Mentor Application & Profile Form 2017-18
- Mentoring Contract
- Volunteer Application and Code of Conduct
- Adult Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment Questionnaire
- SDUSD Volunteer TB Test Card
- Request to Conduct Volunteer Screening New
- Mentor's Handbook 2017-18 (coming soon!)
- Mentor Orientation Agenda
- Mentor Orientation PowerPoint Presentation