Mentoring Program

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Youth mentoring is a journey of mutual discovery between caring adults and young people.

Stars' mentoring program pairs mentors with mentees to develop impactful relationships with young people in our community. A mentor's role is to guide our students, walking alongside them through life's many challenges.

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Types of Mentoring

Interest-Based Group Mentoring

Interest-based mentoring brings together like-minded cohorts of mentor and mentee pairs for activities based around a specific skill, interest, or activity such as film, photography, writing, and more. Through shared experiences, our mentees and mentors learn and grow together within our cohort mentoring structure.

Centered around specific group activities and restorative practices, for periods of between six to ten weeks mentors offer opportunities for mentees from 5th grade through high school to expand their developmental assets and grow in developmental relationship skills, like expressing care, challenging growth, providing support, expanding possibilities and more.

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6-10 Weeks Long

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5th - 12th Grade Students

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Common Interests Cohorts

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6-10 Weeks Long

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Theme-Focused for Wellness & Education

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Collaborative Mentoring with Existing Clubs & Schools

Site-Based Mentoring

Site-based mentoring typically takes place in a school or other institution, like a church or club, where young people are present.

Stars in collaboration with site administration agrees on site-specific themes for six to ten week themefocused mentoring sessions, bringing in professional mentors who share their expertise with mentees. Wellness, restorative practices, financial education, podcast production and cooking are among the themes explored through Stars site-based mentoring.

1:1 Cohort Mentoring

One-on-one mentoring matches one mentor with one mentee within a cohort of other pairs. Each new mentoring pair is placed within a cohort of other age-appropriate mentor pairs, and together, these pairs form an activity unit for activities, Saturday outings, and more.

One-on-one mentoring is an opportunity for each pair to build a deeper mentoring relationship through which the mentor offers personal guidance and encouragement to the mentee.

While a successful one-on-one mentor match can last from sometime in high school through college or professional education, the minimum commitment for one-on-one mentoring is one year.

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1-Year Commitment for Mentees

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Middle & High School Students

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One-on-One Mentor Pairings within a Cohort

Mentoring FAQs

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What is Stars Mentoring?

Youth mentoring is a journey of mutual discovery between caring adults and young people as they walk through life together.

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How does it work?

Stars facilitates this remarkable journey by matching students and mentors to participate in group mentoring or in 1-on-1 cohort mentoring. Stars provides them with the support, encouragement and resources that will help foster nurturing and meaningful relationships.

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How does mentoring help young people?

Having a consistent and caring mentor helps young people prepare to encounter many of life’s emotional, social, spiritual and vocational transitions.

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How can I benefit from mentoring?

Through the interaction with their mentees and their environments, mentors gain a richer perspective on their own lives as well as a deeper understanding and appreciation for the realities young people face on a daily basis.

How Do I Become a Mentor?

Step 1

Submit a mentorship application through our portal.

Step 2

Interview with one of our team members and complete required training on mentoring.

Step 3

Complete a background check.

Step 4

We will place you within one of our mentoring opportunities.

Requirements

To mentor, you must be 21 years of age or older, willing to learn and grow from your mentoring relationship, and able to commit to 4 hours per month for 6-10 weeks in group and site-based mentoring or for at least 1 year as a one-on-one mentor.

The best mentors are real, imperfect people; your life experiences, challenges, and adversities make you a unique guide in our students' lives. Being present with our students, investing in their stories, and maintaining an open relationship of mutual learning and discovery is what makes a mentorship successful.

Submit an application today to become a mentor and help us affirm, equip, and embolden students in the Pasadena area.