Mentor FAQ

I want to join! How do I become a MOSTe mentor?

  • Print and fill out the application here, then send it to us.
  • We’ll contact you for an interview.
  • Complete the Live Scan fingerprint process, an electronic records check. (We often have a Live Scan representative available at our fall events.)

Should I be a group or one-to-one mentor?

  • We highly recommend starting out as a group mentor at the middle school level, especially if this is your first mentoring experience. We’ll match you and a team of other professional women with a group of girls at one of our partner middle schools. During the year, you’ll collaborate at workshops and organize occasional field trips, with facilitation assistance from MOSTe staff.
  • Experienced mentors are matched one-to-one with high school scholars, for more focused mentor-scholar interaction.

Am I required to attend a MOSTe Mentor Orientation prior to matching?

  • Ideally, yes—but we understand that our mentors are balancing many priorities and have busy schedules.
  • If you cannot attend, please contact us and we will work with you to make sure you have all the information you need to get started as a mentor.

When will I meet the MOSTe scholars?

  • Typically, mentors and scholars first meet at our fall Kickoff event, after the mentors have been accepted and cleared through Live Scan.

When can I schedule my first outing with my MOSTe scholar?

  • First, arrange to meet the scholar’s parents and introduce yourself as a MOSTe mentor. They will know that their daughter is in the program, and you’ll work together to support her educational success.
  • Make sure the parents give permission for the scholar to go out with you. Each time you set up a meeting or event, you must make sure you have parental permission.
  • For one-to-one mentoring, please contact your scholar within a week of receiving their information and notify MOSTe when you have scheduled your first outing.

Where should I take my scholar? What will she want to do?

  • Every girl is different. For good ideas of fun, low-cost activities that others have enjoyed, check out our Mentor Resources page.

How often should I contact scholars?

  • We ask that you contact your scholar at least once a week (by phone, text, or e-mail) and see them at least once a month. Many mentors do much more, but this is the minimum.

Am I required to go to the workshops?

  • We ask that our team mentors try to attend all of our academic workshops. These workshops are held on Saturdays at Occidental College, typically in October, November, February and March.

Am I required to go to the official MOSTe group events?

  • It’s great if you can. The weekend events (usually Saturdays) help broaden our girls’ lives and provide a supportive group setting for mentors and scholars to bond.
  • If you can attend, consider offering to bring girls whose mentors can’t go.
  • If you can’t make an event, encourage your girl to go anyway and help organize transportation for her.