FORMAL COACH MENTORING PROGRAM

 

The Formal Mentoring Program aims to connect sophomores with alumni mentors for a 1:1 relationship. For alumni who are interested in the formal mentoring program, the experience is not needed –but interest is! Training and monthly meetings will enhance a mentoring skill set. For students, you are not required to have the answers for everything – but having an answer-seeking attitude is!

The opportunity for a mentor who is not a parent, relative, or peer gives room for “real talk.” Many alumni will share their many interests, a range of insights, and resources. Mentees will be able to select from a variety of alumni mentors, create SMART Charts, set expectations, and work with their chosen mentor in all aspects for as long as they'd like.

Students, are you looking for that one person that you can connect with and get advice from? Are you looking for someone who has been through what you are going through? Then the Formal COACH Mentoring Program is for you! This 1:1 program is currently available for all sophomores who are feeling the slump or who just need guidance. Through mentorship, alumni mentors will be able to relate to their mentees about uncertain times, share how they navigate through challenges, and lend helpful information on a variety of topics. The opportunity for a mentor who is not a parent, relative, or peer gives room for “real talk.”

Why sophomore students? The first year of college for any student is spent trying to explore their options and getting engaged on campus. The Junior year is learning to grow and develop their interests and the senior year is when students start preparing for their future. But, what about their sophomore year?

College isn't 'new' anymore and the pressure and uncertainty to make decisions start to increase. Sophomores are aware that the 'halfway mark' of their college career is approaching and are starting to contemplate, "What should I choose as my major? "What can I do with "x" major?" "How are alumni using their degree in their professions?"

Students have a lot of interests, and they look for mentorship opportunities rather than requirements. An alumni mentorship can encourage motivation and can be the initial bridge between Hanover College and life after Hanover College. The formal program can grow into so much more for the mentee and mentor....it can be a lifelong connection.

 

TIMELINE


  • May 17: Monthly zoom meeting. Topic: Meet with members of the Young Alumni Committee (YAC)
  • June 2022: Continue to connect with your mentee and/or mentor
  • July 2022: Continue to connect with your mentee and/or mentor
  • August 2022: Continue to connect with your mentee and/or mentor
  • September 9: Year 3 Kickoff! Interested sophomores must complete the Student Information Form
  • September 9: Interested alumni must complete the Alumni Information Form, submit a resume, and a photo
  • September 14: Orientation for student mentees
  • September 14: Orientation for alumni mentors
  • September 16: Mentee and mentor preferences given
  • September 23: Alumni mentors and student mentees matched and announced.
  • September 2022: Kickoff of Year 3!
  • October 8: Homecoming Weekend - Coach presentation and meet and greet
  • See the handbook for additional dates and information

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