Mentors

To apply to be a High School Mentor, please complete the Mentor Application 2018-2019

2018-2019 Program 

High School Girls who have leadership experience are invited to serve as Mentors for the Ms President US program.   Leadership experience may be demonstrated by recent employment or volunteer work, or by involvement in a leadership program such as: Keystone Club, Girl Scouts, Role Model Mentors, Lion’s Heart, Student Council, Debate Club, etc.

  • Mentor Role:  For each session, Mentors facilitate small group discussions following the speaker / panel presentations.  See FAQ below.
  • Dates & Time Commitment:   One to two Fridays per month from October to March, from 3:00-6:00pm.  Mentors are asked to attend as many sessions as possible (there are a total of 8 sessions).
  • 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 2018-2019 if interested.  Given your application is approved, you will be invited to a Mentor Orientation in September.
  • Eligible for Credit / Service Hours.
  • No cost to Mentors.

Mentor FAQ

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 January, 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 a topic to address; listening to the girls speak about their topic(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 attend as many of the 8 sessions as possible.  Each session is a 3-hour time commitment, from 3-6pm 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 September that will provide an overview of the program and your role in making the program a success.  Prior to each session, you will also receive more specific information about that session’s objectives and what you can do to ensure the girls in your group understand the assignment, and are engaged in the activity.

What are the program dates?  

October 5, 26
November 16
December 14
January 11
February 1, 22
March 22 = Weather date
April 7 = Election

 

What if I end up having a conflict and cannot attend a session?  We fully understand that emergencies happen, sports events get rescheduled, and your availability can change.  That said, please attempt to attend each session and provide as much advance notice as possible if you are not able to make one of the sessions.

Can I earn Service Hours or Credit?   Many leadership organizations will provide service hours and/or other forms of credit.  Please check with your own organization leader for specific details.

I have a question not answered above.   Please feel free to email us with any additional questions or concerns:   mspresidentus@gmail.com 

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. 

Mentor Orientation 2017