Become a Mentor

A recent study demonstrated that the percentage of Boston Public School (BPS) graduates (of non-exam schools) who finish college falls well below the national average and well below the rates of students from public schools in suburban Boston. More than ever, we have come to understand how essential the mentoring MentorJackMenteeCoricomponent of our program is.

We have found that when students are able to develop a strong relationship with a caring mentor, and know they have a reliable advocate in their corner, they feel better equipped to surmount the hurdles that come their way, and make sound decisions about their future. In many cases, mentoring can be even more valuable to students than scholarship money.

For this reason, we are looking for caring, responsible, adult volunteers who can serve as a trusted friend, advisor and advocate to an Alray Scholar. As a mentor, you would support a scholar in developing important academic and life skills, identifying useful resources, making positive life decisions, and ultimately earning an Associate, Bachelor or vocational degree.

What is the Commitment?

While we ask our mentors for an initial one-year commitment, we hope that you and your scholar will bond
over the course of the year and the relationship will continue until the scholar finishes his/her educational
program. Becoming an Alray Scholars Mentor requires that you:

• Attend an Alray Scholars Mentor orientation session
• Commit to working with a scholar for a minimum of one year
• Meet with your scholar monthly and maintain ongoing contact
• Provide encouragement, direction and support
• Advocate for your scholar in meetings with school personnel (where appropriate)
• Attend training sessions and/or life skills workshops throughout the year
• Attend periodic group mentor meetings to share experiences and ideas for improving the program
• Write a review of your scholar’s progress to the scholarship committee

We’re always looking for dedicated volunteers to mentor future Alray Scholars. If you’d like to make a real difference in the life of a deserving student, fill out our Mentor Application today.

For more information, please contact Janet Altman, Program Director, at jaltman@alray.org