How are Mentees selected and matched with Mentors?
Like Mentors, Mentees will self-select into the Skills That Shine (STS) Mentorship program. They will be college sophomores, juniors, and seniors seeking a Mentor who shares their interests and is willing to support their professional development.
Mentors and Mentees will be matched based on several factors including professional interests, industry, locale, and communication preferences. Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) will make every effort to ensure a positive match. While you may or may not have past or present experience in your Scholar’s specific field of study, you have valuable knowledge and expertise to share. We encourage you to make the most of your time with them.
How do I schedule meeting my Mentee?
Once matched, WSOS will send you an e-introduction to your Mentee. We will encourage your Mentee to reach out to you via email to arrange a meeting at a time mutually convenient time — at least two weeks in advance of their desired meeting time frame. We will also encourage them to confirm with you about two days before the meeting.
How often can I expect to meet with my Mentee?
You should expect to meet with your Mentee at least three times during the academic year. Following an online orientation to the program, we will request that you move through the Greetings and Goals module to allow time to get to know your Mentee and choose which modules you will complete together. WSOS will request that you choose and complete at least two STS modules. When working through your chosen modules, your meeting may be conducted in-person, over the phone, or via video-conferencing (Face Time, Skype, Google Hangout, etc.). WSOS strongly suggests having at least one in-person session. Doing so will enhance your communication and allow for a stronger mentorship relationship.
Where should I meet with my Mentee?
WSOS recommends that your meetings take place at either a public location or your workplace.
What if my Mentee and I struggle to find time to meet?
WSOS will support your efforts to meet at a time and in a way convenient for both of you. Assuming you wish to meet in person, WSOS will encourage you to meet at a location that is mutually convenient, taking both your schedules and travel times into consideration. Can you meet somewhere between your home/school and their office? Would a Saturday be preferred over a weekday? WSOS will support you in getting the most from the Skills That Shine Mentorship.
We will encourage you to attempt a phone or video-conference session if you do not feel you have time to meet in person. If you have iPhones, Face Time might be a good choice. You could also try Skype or Google Hangout.
How do I access STS modules and worksheets?
Once you have completed the online STS Orientation, you will be given access to the online menu of STS modules. From there, you can print off the module materials that your Mentor-Mentee Team chooses to complete.
What if my Mentee and I do not seem to be a good match?
If for any reason your team is incompatible, either party can request to have the match dissolved. Where possible, this should be discussed with your Mentee beforehand. If you would like to be re-matched, every effort will be made to do so.
Who do I contact if I have other questions?
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at SkillsThatShine@waopportunityscholarship.org.