The timeline below is an estimation of your time commitment as a mentor, but will vary depending on each student. All mentorships in 2020 and spring semester 2021 were held virtually, 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 any questions about mentoring during this time.
Juniors apply to be a part of CP Mentors on a rolling basis. Once accepted into the program, we match students with a mentor based on common interests or career aspirations. We reach out to mentors to suggest the match, and share a profile of the student and instructions on how to contact them.
The goal is for the two of you to get to know each other during junior year before any college work begins. We would also encourage you to email your mentee during the summer to check in.
Time Commitment: This will not be a demanding time commitment, and a good deal of the conversations can be done virtually.
Fall Semester Senior Year
As students begin working on college applications, they may reach out to mentors for help with essay topics, to discuss their college list, or for help with editing their essays. Essay editing is not a requirement for mentors. If this is not an area of interest for you, there is additional editing help available.
For mentors who are interested, and depending on Covid restrictions, there are usually several opportunities to attend events at the school during the fall of senior year. It is always fun to see the students in action as a group, and to get a sense of the community at Cristo Rey Boston.
Time Commitment: Your time commitment will vary depending on your interest in visiting the school and how involved you choose to be in your mentee’s application process. We hope that you have a chance to check in with your student fairly regularly to see how applications and essays are coming along.
Spring Semester Senior Year
During second semester, the seniors will be sending in the last of their applications and hopefully receiving some acceptance letters! They might be looking for help putting together a resume, practicing interviews, discussing supplemental essay topics, or talking about their college acceptances. Your student may also be making college visits and may ask if you are interested in accompanying them to a local campus. If that is the case and you are interested, please let us know and we will help you team up with another mentor or someone from our office to go with you.
At some point during the semester your mentee will be making a final decision on where they will be going to college and will have lots of questions about what comes next. You will be invited to the Cristo Rey Signing Day celebration, as well as graduation in June. This is a wonderful time for the kids, and your student will be excited to share the festivities and introduce you to their family if you are available to attend. If you are a long-distance mentor, we will help figure out other ways for you to celebrate with your student.
Time Commitment: Your time commitment will vary depending on how complicated the college process is for your student. For some of the students this will all happen very easily, for other seniors the final decision will be much more involved.
Summer After Senior Year and Freshman Year of College
During this period you may be asked questions regarding course selection, dorm life, and how your mentee should prepare to make the transition to college. The beginning of freshman year is also often the most stressful period for students. If there are going to be difficulties this is often when they arise, so we would encourage you to check in regularly. If your student reaches out about particular issues (ex. financial aid, course selection, roommate problems) let us know and we can help figure out solutions.
Time Commitment: We would like you to email or speak with your student every couple of weeks just to be sure everything is going smoothly. Students may be reluctant to speak about a problem unless someone asks them directly how things are going, so checking in is important.
Our hope is that your student will keep in touch for years to come, and that they will feel comfortable coming to you with questions about their major, internships and other decisions as they work their way through college.