I want to become a(n)...

Mentor

Empower students | Be a resource | Transform your community 

Did you mentor last year? Click here to complete the returning mentor registration form!

As a partnering organization to Governor Haslam’s Tennessee Promise, tnAchieves guides students across the state through the transition from high school to college. Our mentors play a critical role in the success of students across the state of Tennessee as they serve as a resource, share their own experiences and offer encouragement and support.

Our data confirms that working with a mentor increases the likelihood that a student will pursue a post-secondary experience. In fact, UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research found that students participating with tnAchieves are nearly 21 percent more likely to enter college. We need you!

What will you do as a tnAchieves mentor?

  1. Complete an application
  2. Choose a preferred high school
  3. Complete a one-hour training session
  4. Attend two one-hour meetings with your students
  5. Communicate with students every two weeks via email, phone or text as they transition from high school to college

You’ll invest 10-15 hours annually assisting 5-10 high school seniors. In fact, tnAchieves mentors tell us they spend less than ONE hour per month serving as a resource to our scholars. The role is simple but significant, as our mentors help our students reach their potential. tnAchieves designed its mentoring program so even the busiest executive, parent, or young professional can make a meaningful impact. If you do not have experience working in education, do not worry! We will train you to work with our students.

Join tnAchieves as we seek to change lives and transform communities! Fill out our application here: www.tnachieves.org/mentor-application

To become a tnAchieves mentor, you must...

  • Be 21 years or older
  • Apply online by November 20, 2015
  • Be subject to a background check
  • Complete mandatory mentor training by February 15
  • Attend mandatory High School Team Meeting in March or April
  • Attend mandatory College Team Meeting in September

An effective mentor...

  • Makes initial contact with students before High School Team Meeting
  • Reaches out to parents/guardians if possible
  • Reminds students of all meetings and deadlines
  • Attends High School and College Team Meetings
  • Encourages students to reach their potential
  • Plays an active role in eliminating barriers associated with post-secondary access and success
  • Assists students with community service opportunities
  • Lessens the post-secondary intimidation factor by sharing personal experience

Mentors will receive more information at mentor training.

 

If you are interested in becoming a tnAchieves Mentor, please review the requirements and apply here!

Mentor recruitment for the Class of 2016 has begun, and the mentor application will open in June! If you have any questions, please contact Graham Thomas at 615.604.1306 or graham@tnachieves.org.

I am currently a...

I want to become a(n)...

I see kids every day who never thought college was possible for them, but are now excitedly scheduling their classes for next year. It's been a thrill to be a part of it!
- Becca, Warren County mentor
I really enjoy being a mentor, it is a great experience for me. I have received nothing but positive feedback from my students and their parents about the program.
- Floriana, Robertson County mentor
As the only person in my family to ever go to college, tnAchieves has made it easier for me to understand what I need to do to succeed.
- Central H.S. Student
tnAchieves introduced me to my mentor, Charlee, who helped me get on track and kept me focused. With her help, I was able to realize that anything was possible.
- Fulton H.S. Student
The students’ desire for help was an eye-opener. I did not realize that they would want, need, and appreciate my help as much as they did!
- Olivia, Hancock County mentor and tnAchieves Ambassador
I’m very proud to be a part of the history being made right in front of our eyes.
- Benny, Lewis County mentor
All my life I always said that I would be the first in my family to make it to college and graduate. tnAchieves is helping my dream come true.
- Austin East H.S. Student
Going to college would be a milestone that I can not hope to reach without the help of tnAchieves.
- Powell H.S. Student
I believe the students really get it now, and know that there are people who are invested in their futures
- Charles, Shelby County mentor