HEAR Foundation Mentoring Program

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give”.

Quote from Winston Churchill.

Did you HEAR? We are looking for Mentors to help support our scholarship program.

In May 2017, The HEAR Foundation will be awarding 12 college scholarships to High School graduates in financial need, who show perseverance and demonstrate academic excellence. Many of these students will be first-generation college-goers in their family. You can help them navigate the first two years of their new and exciting journey!

In order to support these scholars we are focussing attention now on recruiting mentors for what will be the HEAR Class of 2021. This will be a two-year commitment (we would obviously love it if you would commit to more after this!)

So who would you be a mentor for? Our HEAR Foundation Mentoring Chair works hard every year to pair Mentors with Scholars. Often it could be that the student is embarking on a similar career course as you did, or maybe they see a good personality fit. Either way, becoming a Mentor has the potential to change not just the life of our scholars, but yours too, as you share your knowledge and experience, and watch them graduate from college and move on in the World, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you had a positive influence on a young person’s life.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in learning more about becoming a mentor (or are ready to volunteer your services), and want to make a meaningful difference in a young person’s life – whilst at the same time no doubt enriching your own – please contact our Mentoring Chair, Mindy Dapin at: mentoring@hearfoundation.org.

Mentoring-1The Health, Education and Relief Foundation (HEAR) began its scholarship program in 2009 and awarded its first scholarships in the spring of 2010. In an effort to extend both the short and long term impact of this program, the Foundation added a Mentoring Program.

 

Students, especially minority students, who maintain relationship with a mentor typically have:

  • Increased student retention/graduation rates
  • Higher GPA’s
  • Increased academic perseverance and achievement
  • Increased likelihood that they will return to college for a second year
    (Both of the above are held in comparison to those who do not receive mentoring)
  • Increased professional success

Post College

  • Increased incomes and job satisfaction
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Decreased work stress
  • Advanced interpersonal communication skills
  • Increased awareness of resources available to them.

Mentor’s Role:

The mentor is a support person and advocate for their scholar. Together, the mentor and scholar develop a relationship that is productive for both the scholar’s scholastic and personal advancement. The mentor’s role is to provide guidance, support, reassurance, and feedback to their scholar.

HEAR mentors come from various walks of life, professions, and family backgrounds. They stay in constant contact with their scholar, help navigate college life and our scholars’ efforts and laying the foundation for a future career, and provide a much needed outside source of advice. All mentors and scholars get together twice a year to socialize, exchange their experiences and learn from their successes and challenges. In the Spring of 2015, HEAR will conduct the first Mentoring Workshop to provide resources and training to our volunteers.

Of all of our local efforts, the HEAR Mentoring Program is the greatest difference-maker.

Would you like to be part of it? Contact HEAR Mentoring Chair Mindy Dapin at mentoring@hearfoundation.org.