Become a Community Mentor and Inspire the Next Generation!
The application to become a Community Mentor for 2021-2022 is now open.
What is Community Mentoring?
The Community Mentoring (CM) programme is a unique inter-institutional and community-based mentoring programme that is comprised of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT), Marino Institute of Education (MIE), National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Dublin (UCD).
Who is a Community Mentor?
Community Mentors are a valuable community resource, who can help to share information and advice about their college experience, to help prospective students build their awareness of college courses, how to apply, and the benefits of a college education. Community Mentors are drawn from the following under-represented groups at third-level:
- Mature students
- Further education and training (FET) entrant
- Under-represented socio-economic group
- Students with a disability
- Students from an ethnic minority group
- Lone parents
- 1916 bursary recipients
What is the aim of Community Mentoring?
While Community Mentoring will increase mentees’ confidence in relation to higher education, Community Mentoring ultimately, at the highest-level, aims to improve the levels of diversity in higher education and increase equity of access for all communities in Dublin.
Is being a Community Mentor paid work?
Although we’d like to, we aren’t in a position to pay our Community Mentors.
If I don’t get paid, what’s in it for me?
The feel-good factor, of course! Community Mentors often speak about the feel-good factor of ‘giving back’ to their community or supporting an organisation they are passionate about. As well as the feel-good factor, Community Mentors will be provided with a certificate they can share on Linkedin, glowing references, the opportunity to meet like-minded people, develop their employability skills and most importantly, be a part of a team actively tackling educational inequality in a hands-on way.
How much time is required?
It shouldn’t take too much of your time! We know how hard you’ve worked to get to third-level, and we don’t want to negatively impact that. We’re looking at a commitment of around 8 hours across the academic year. Many Community Mentors feel a sense of accomplishment and rejuvenation after each session that drives their studies further. The breakdown of the time commitment is as follows:
- Attend an online Leadership and Training Day in November during the week of the 1 November (2.5 hours)
- Attend an online Meet you Community Mentoring Organisation during the week of the 15 November (1 hour)
- Online Mentoring Session 1 will occur the week of the 22 November (1 hour)
- Online Mentoring Session 2 will occur the week of the 17 January (1 hour)
- Online Mentoring Session 3 will occur the week of the 7 March (1 hour)
I’m concerned I won’t be a good Community Mentor-should I still apply?
You absolutely should still apply. It’s a learning experience for all involved including the organisations and students! We’ll provide you with training and ongoing support. You’ll attend a Leadership and Training Day that will provide you with the tools, techniques, and skills to begin your Community Mentor journey confidently. You’ll learn from experts and from previous Community Mentors. We’ll also provide you with a Community Mnetor handbook which will guide your sessions. Click here to see a sample Community Mentoring Handbook. The handbook will provide a step-by-step guide on how to deliver each mentoring session.
Where can I be a Community Mentor?
There are different types of educational institutions involved in Community Mentoring.
- Secondary Schools: Be a Mentor to 2nd Year or Transition Year pupils;
- Further Education and Training Institutions: Be a Mentor to mature students who plan to progress to third-level;
- Community Groups: Be a Mentor to young adults aged 15 to 17 or adult learners who plan to progress to third-level.
If you have a preference for the organisation you would like to mentor, please ensure you read the options listed in the application form carefully.
Why isn’t my preferred organisation on the list?
Each year, community mentoring is growing and we encourage Community Mentors to use their training to get involved with other local organisations. Why not reach out to Daire (project coordinator), use our resources, and encourage your preferred organisation to get involved? .
Where will the mentoring sessions take place?
Mentoring sessions will take place online using your chosen organisation’s preferred online platform. For example, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Community Mentors will be trained on using their organisation’s preferred platform. The organisation where you are a Community Mentor will ensure you can access the platform. In most cases, you will be presented on a screen with the staff member acting as a facilitator between you and the group. At each session, there will be 2 Community Mentors, 30 students, a staff member from the organisation and from time to time, Daire (Project Coordinator).
How do I sign-up?
To sign up to be a Community Mentor, click here. In the Form, you will be asked to select an organisation where you would like to be a Community Mentor. Please only select an organisation that you are available for the first mentoring session during the week of the 22 November. The second mentoring session will occur the week of the 17 January with the third and final mentoring session taking place the week of the 7 March. Don’t worry if you are unsure if you will be available for the sessions in January and March.
I’ve signed up, what should I do now?
Daire: Project Coordinator will contact you by email to outline the following:
- The organisation you will be a Community Mentor for;
- The Community Mentor you will be delivering the mentoring sessions with;
- Tusla’s Children’s First E-Learning Programme. You will be required to complete this 1.5 hour programme and send your certificate of completion to Daire;
- The Garda Vetting Process.
I would like further information, who should I contact?
Please don’t hesitate in contacting Daire: Project Coordinator by email (email@example.com) with any questions and/or queries you may have.
Community Mentoring resources are free to any educational organisation to download:
The Community Mentor Handbook is a step by step guide on how Community Mentors will deliver each mentoring session.
The Mentee Toolkit is aimed at those between 13-18 year of age.
Adult Community Ed
The Community Education handbook supports mentors to work with groups of adult learners.
For further information on how to participate in the Community Mentoring programme, please contact Daire: Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org