Questions About Being a 3MP Mentor

Why do we need this program?

In the case of higher learning, Central Piedmont Community College has found that male students, especially minority male students, are less successful at CPCC with grade performance and retention than their female counterparts.  Research conducted by the CPCC Office Planning and Research indicates that successful minority male college students self-reported that a successful program targeting the needs of minority male students should focus on peer oriented programs, engagement activities to ground them in the institution, ways to help them stay focused on their studies and their future, study skills (tutoring), and a good role model (mentor).

What is the mentoring?

The mentoring a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support, and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the protégé.  The presence of caring adults offering support, advice, friendship, reinforcement and constructive examples has proved to be a powerful tool for helping young people reaches their potential.

What is the role of a mentor?

A mentor is often a more senior individual with an extensive knowledge base in human resources who volunteers to coach, guide, and counsel students on a variety of topics. A mentor provides support, encourages development, and challenges protégés to stretch their limits.  A mentor also shares experiences and wisdom to help protégés determine their future career paths.  While a mentor may be a valuable resource for networking opportunities and career development, a mentor is NOT responsible for providing students with internships or serving as a job placement service.

What is the role of a mentee?

A mentee is any minority male student enrolled at CPCC. The most important characteristic of a protégé is that he is willing to commit the time and energy to grow and learn from a mentor.  A protégé is devoted to developing skills that will enhance him academically, professionally,  and personally.  A protégé should be positive and excited about the mentoring program and put forth the effort required to receive maximum results, ensuring the program is a success.

How much time is needed for mentoring?

The amount of time invested in the mentoring relationship depends solely on the expectations set by both the mentor and the protégé.  Although it is expected that all participants understand the business and academic commitments of volunteers, we ask that only those who are interested in dedicating the time and effort required to build a solid and effective relationship participate in this program.  We recommend mentors and protégés be in contact at least 4 hours a month during their time in the mentoring program, however this can come in the form of face to face meetings, phone calls, or e-mail.

What is the process of pairing mentors with protégé?

Interested mentors and students fill out the mentor/student profile sheet available online and return the completed form to the program coordinator office located in the Overcash Building room 251.  Try to schedule an informal conversation to talk about your interest and explain the program.  Participants are then matched on the basis of their responses to questions focusing on areas of interest/expertise, qualities desired in a mentor/protégé, and other background information.  Mentors and protégés will be notified of their pairing via e-mail, at which time they will receive a copy of the completed mentor/student profile and contact information.

Who is responsible for initiating contact?

While the mentoring relationship is considered to be a partnership where both parties contribute equally, the primary responsibility for initiating first contact falls with the student protégés. The protégés should demonstrate their interest and commitment to the mentoring program by being proactive at this stage of the process. Initial contact should come in the form of a phone call to the mentor where the student and mentor arrange a time to meet and become familiar with each other’s background. It is important to establish and agree upon the goals and expectations of the mentoring relationship in this initial meeting or discussion.

What are suggested mentoring activities?

Mentoring activities may include (but are not limited to): career path discussions, job shadowing, meetings over coffee or lunch, attending 3MP sponsored events together, networking, development discussions, and volunteering for community service or human resource-related projects.  The goal of these activities is to encourage mentors and protégés to discuss current issues or trends in the field, enhance their professional networks, and exchange valuable ideas.

How long will my mentoring relationship last?

One (1) year is the suggested amount of time needed for mentoring, but the length of the mentoring relationship is also dependent upon the expectations of each individual mentor/protégé pair.

We recommend mentors and protégés stay in contact with each other for the duration of the student’s time in the.  However, it is encouraged that protégés continue communications with their mentors beyond graduation and throughout their professional career.