Be a Mentor to a Current PBHA Student!

November 25th, 2014

The 2014-2015 PBHA Public Service Mentoring Program

What is it?
The PBHA Public Service Mentoring Program brings together PBHA alumni and current undergraduates to connect one-on-one based on shared social justice and career interests. The mission of the program is to build bridges between current students interested in service and PBHA alumni so that students can get a better understanding of how service can impact their post-collegiate life, regardless of what career path they chose. The Mentoring Program is a way for you to re-connect to the PBHA community, while providing current students with invaluable support and wisdom that only years of experience can provide. We hope that you will consider joining us in this effort to expand the powerful PBHA community, and apply today!

Who can do it?
We invite all PBHA alumni currently living in the Boston/Cambridge area to apply! Whether you are an organizer, teacher, lawyer, administrator, artist, or something in between–if you have experience in any kind of public service, public interest, or social justice work, the next generation of student leaders has something to learn from you.

What’s the commitment?
Mentors must be able to commit to:
Monthly one-on-one meetings with their mentee (to be scheduled by the pair)
Attending three group events with their mentee over the course of the year (all held at PBHA; see calendar below)
Completing a brief self-evaluation every two months as a reflection tool for the mentoring relationship

What support would I get?

The current Alumni Relations officer as well as a Non Profit Management Fellow will facilitate this year’s PBHA Public Service Mentoring Program. You will be paired with a current PBHA student whose interests/work most align with yours. You’ll receive a training with the other mentors & mentees at our first group event, focusing on best practices for a successful mentoring relationship, as well as facilitated goal and expectation setting. Every two months, both you and your mentee will complete a brief self-evaluation survey that will allow you to share any concerns or requests for support with the Alumni Relations Officer and/or Non Profit Management Fellow. Two other group events throughout the year will help you and your mentee mark milestones, celebrate successes, and remain clear about relationship expectations. The Alumni Relations officer and the Non Profit Management Fellow will be resources that you can always reach out to for support along the way.

How do I get involved?
Complete an Alumni Mentor Interest form and the Alumni Relations officer will get back to you with more information and a follow-up once you have been paired with a student! Alumni Mentor interest forms are due December 19th.


December 2014:
Alumni Mentor Survey due

January 2015:
Mentor/mentee pairs assigned (match made based on shared interests, as indicated by mentee)

Kick off Event at PBHA — Meet your Mentee! This event will give an overview of the year, as well as facilitate a conversation on expectations and best practices for a successful mentorship.

Pairs meet on their own at least once a month.
By April, pairs will complete their first email survey, which provides an opportunity to self-assess & ask for support if needed.

Pre-Summer Celebration at PBHA — a chance to say goodbye if mentees are leaving the area for the summer, and celebrate the community building of the spring.

Pairs complete an end of the year/mid-mentorship survey.

Back to school for students!

Pairs complete another email survey.
Pairs are encouraged to attend the Coles “Call of Service” lecture and/or Alumni weekend events together!

Pairs meet on their own.

Group reunited for a closing event at PBHA (holiday lunch, etc.) — we will reflect on the successes of the year and learn from each other.

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