Mentor Program is a Key Building Block

Mentoring is a core element of the IHADLA model that provides Dreamer Scholars with a consistent and trustworthy adult role model apart from the context of their family. The relationship should foster an enthusiastic attitude in the Dreamer Scholar towards education and expose them to various positive, new experiences. Mentoring is a life-changing experience for both mentors and mentees.

Mentoring is fun, and we guarantee it will change your life. We would love for every single one of our Dreamer Scholars to have an amazing mentor to simply live life with them. That new mentor could be you.

Mentor Commitment

Mentoring is an on-going commitment for a minimum of one year. Mentors engage with the Dreamer Scholar through weekly communication via phone, email, or virtual video calls, ensuring at least one contact per week.

Furthermore, it is expected that mentors arrange individual meetings with their mentees. High school Dreamer Scholars are required to meet at least once a month for a duration of 2 hours, while Middle School Dreamer Scholars should have two monthly meetings lasting at least 2 hours each.

Through consistent one-on-one interactions, our mentors play diverse roles as friends, counselors, teachers, and confidants, thereby amplifying the impact of our program. In addition to these individual connections, IHADLA also facilitates large group outings and virtual events, fostering collective participation for both mentees and mentors alike.

Our Objective is to Match Each IHADLA Dreamer Student with a Mentor:

Join by yourself, with a friend, or with a group from work. It’s as simple as going to the beach, eating dinner, or just talking with a Dreamer Scholar. A mentor can make a difference just by being there. A mentor can transform the life of a child, and in doing so, transform the world.

Mentor Program Goals

The three basic goals of IHADLA’s Mentoring Program are:

  1. To build personal bonds and trusting relationships.
  2. To help Dreamers graduate from high school and encourage them to pursue a post-secondary education.
  3. Expose Dreamers to new experiences designed to cultivate familiarity and acceptance of diversity: social, cultural, economic, etc.

Mentor Eligibility Requirements

  • At least 21 years of age
  • Willing to adhere to all IHADLA Mentor Program policies and procedures
  • Able to make at least a one-year commitment to the program
  • Able to meet with mentee twice monthly, and then once monthly thereafter
  • Willing to communicate with mentee weekly (via phone, email, Zoom, etc.)
  • Willing to complete the screening procedure: online application, background check, mentor trainings and mentee match
  • Willing to communicate on a monthly basis with IHADLA Program Coordinators
  • Access to a safe automobile, along with a current driver’s license, auto insurance, and clean driving record
  • Clean criminal history, no illicit drug use, and must have never been accused, arrested, charged or convicted of child abuse or molestation
Mentor Application
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A few of our inspiring mentors and mentees: