High School Girls who are enrolled in a leadership program (Keystone Club, Girl Scouts, Role Model Mentors, etc) are needed to serve as mentors for the Ms President US program.
- Mentor Role: For each session, Mentors are needed to facilitate small group discussions following the speaker / panel presentations. See FAQ below.
- Dates & Time Commitment: One Friday per Month from September 2017 through May 2018, from 4:00-6:00pm. Mentors may sign up for a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 9 sessions. Specific sign-up dates will be provided prior to the September start date.
- Location: Most sessions will be held at the Ridgefield Library; one session will be held at Ridgefield Town Hall, and another at the Keeler Tavern Museum. There will also be a trip to the CT State Capitol. All sessions are within walking distance of the Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield.
- Please complete the Mentor Application if interested. Completing the application does not commit you to the program or to any dates. Given your application is approved, you will be invited to a Mentor Orientation in August where you can select dates and make a commitment to the program.
- Credit / Service Hours: Please check with your high school or leadership program regarding eligible credit for participation.
What exactly will I be doing? You will be helping the girls in the program with the activity that follows the speaker / panel presentation. Each session is 90 minutes long. The first 30-45 minutes is the speaker / panel segment. Then there is a 15-minute break/snack during which participants (and you!) can meet and greet the panel leaders, take photos, etc. The last 30 minutes of the program is a “small group activity” where you are needed to help ensure the girls in your group have understood the instruction for the activity, and that each in your group is having a chance to contribute. There will be approximately 5 girls in each small group and 1 assigned mentor.
In the spring, the girls will start to prepare their own campaign to run for Ms President US – Ridgefield. For these sessions, there are many ways you can be of help, including: helping the girls choose an issue to speak about; listening to the girls speak about their issue(s) and helping ensure they are communicating clearly; giving the girls advice about the content or format of their presentation; and most importantly, making sure the girls have fun!
What is the time commitment? Mentors are asked to sign up for a minimum of 3 sessions, up to a maximum of 9 sessions. Each session is a 2-hour time commitment, from 4-6pm on a Friday.
Is there a cost? There is no charge for mentors. In fact, to thank you for your support, all mentors will receive “swag” at each session, including a t-shirt, bag, notebook, etc. The program is intended to be fun and rewarding for all!
Will I be trained? All accepted mentor applicants will be invited to a Mentor Orientation in August that will provide an overview of the program and your role in making the program a success. For all sessions that you sign up for, you will be asked to come a half hour in advance (4:00 – 4:30pm) to get specific information about that session’s objectives and what you can do to ensure the girls in your group understand the assignment.
What are the program dates? The dates will be shared during the Mentor Orientation. You can sign up at that time. Until you have signed up for a session date, there is no commitment on your part.
What if I end up having a conflict on one of the dates I signed up for? We fully understand that emergencies happen, sports events get rescheduled, and your availability can change. Once you have made a commitment to a session by signing up for it, we ask that you arrange for your own replacement if you are unable to attend that session. We will encourage mentors to share contact information so they can be in touch with each other when they need to find a substitute.
Can I earn Service Hours or Credit? It is very likely you can receive service hours and/or other forms of credit with your high school or leadership organization. This has been confirmed for Keystone Club members at Boys and Girls Club and with the Girl Scouts. Please check with your own organization leader for specific details.
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We hope that mentors will have as much fun with the program as the participants. In many cases, you may learn things you didn’t know before – the adult leaders surely will! Mentors are welcome to take notes, and encourage discussions in their assigned break-out group using their own observations.