Mentor 2.0

The Mentor 2.0 program focuses on college readiness and success for high school students, particularly those who are slated to become first-generation college students. Mentors and mentees communicate through weekly writing activities, discussing important topics such as professionalism, perseverance, self-advocacy, college financial aid, and career choices. In addition to email communication, mentors and mentees meet in-person eight times per year at Big Brothers Big Sisters-sponsored activities. These activities will be held throughout the school year, on weeknight evenings.

Contact Whitney Baker, Director of E-Mentoring and PSSP, at or at 865.243.8846.

Mentor Requirements:

  • All mentors must be at least 21 years of age. College education is preferred, please speak to Whitney Baker regarding work/school career.
  • Celebrate your mentee’s graduation by mentoring them throughout their 4 years of high school.
  • Commit to sending one weekly message on an interesting topic that Mentor 2.0 provides through the Mentor 2.0 platform.
  • Commit to seeing your mentee once a month for 2 hours at a Mentor 2.0 facilitated after-school event at their school from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
  • Agree to only communicate and meet within the above framework (for curriculum focus and program fidelity). After sophomore year and a strong relationship foundation has been established, opportunities for outside communication and meetings on your own may be a possibility.

The Mentor 2.0 Curriculum:

Mentor 2.0 students attend a weekly class session to work through a research-based curriculum as well as spend time messaging their mentor. The curriculum creates a baseline of conversations and activities for all matches. It covers non-cognitive skills necessary for post-secondary and career success such as perseverance, critical thinking, help seeking and self-advocacy, and optimism/excitement about the future. This program focus on supporting a student to choose the post-secondary pathway that is the best for them. It will also cover college knowledge such as college selection, applications, and financial aid.

The curriculum is designed to transform volunteers into effective advocates for their mentees by providing what to say and when to say it, reducing the variability among mentors. The curriculum also provides mentors with tools and resources to effectively support students as they work together on each of the competencies Mentor 2.0 has identified.

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