There are several ways to get involved with CP Mentors depending on your desired time commitment and availability. A brief outline of our objectives and current volunteer opportunities are listed below. All mentorships in 2020 and spring semester 2021 were held virtually utilizing Zoom, and while we look forward to going back to in-person meetings, we anticipate that this will continue to be the case in the fall of 2021. Please reach out to us with questions or for further details as we adapt to Covid guidelines from Cristo Rey and the city of Boston going forward.
We do our best to match individual students with mentors who share common academic and/ or outside interests, so we welcome mentors from a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds. All mentors who are a part of the CP Mentors Program must be cleared through CORI and SORI forms, as mandated by the State of Massachusetts for volunteers working with minors in a school setting. This clearance allows mentors to meet students at Cristo Rey Boston, as well as working together virtually. If a mentor would like to work with their student outside of school they will also need to be screened by the State of Massachusetts fingerprinting protocol. This is very easy to do, and the cost will be reimbursed by CP Mentors, so we encourage our mentors to take this additional step so they have the flexibility of meeting their mentee on their own time and with other mentors in a group setting.
CP Mentors is currently offering two volunteer opportunities at this time. Please fill out an application or send us an email if you are interested in learning more.
The signature of CP Mentors, one-on-one mentoring is a traditional mentoring program that pairs an adult with interested high school students to offer support and encouragement, beginning junior year of high school and continuing into college. Mentors are matched with students based on common interests or college/ career goals, and are introduced and supported by the College Guidance Counselors at Cristo Rey Boston and the CP Mentors staff. While the students are in high school, areas mentors will be asked to support may include:
- Assistance with college and/ or scholarship applications
- Resume writing
- Mock interviews
- Facilitating group college visits (if a mentor is interested)
As students transition from high school to college, mentoring support and encouragement continues and may include assistance in the following areas:
- Advice on course selection and majors
- Working on time management and college resources skills
- Serving as a sounding board as new situations or problems arise
- Suggesting internships or summer employment opportunities
- Career networking advice
College and Career Advisor
For those looking for a smaller time commitment, there is also an option to be an Advisor. We have many students who come to us interested in specific colleges or career paths (ex. law, medicine, STEAM careers) who could greatly benefit from speaking with an adult who is knowledgeable about these areas. As mentors reach out to us about students with particular interests, we contact advisors who would be willing to make time to share their story with the students and answer questions they may have. You might be asked to speak with a student on a one time basis, advise their mentor on career advice, or serve as a part of their mentoring team.
CP Mentor Training and Support
The CP Mentors staff is committed to offering all mentors and essay volunteers ongoing support while they are participating in the program, including the following:
- Periodic training sessions with a CP Mentors staff member to ensure that all mentors are competent and fully aware of the process as it relates to their students
- Access to CP Mentors staff assistance
- Opportunities for group support sessions with other mentors
- Follow up with high school counselors as needed