Labeled as MENTOR Minnesota‘s “Dedicated Partner,” eMentors is one of the most established student mentoring programs in the country. eMentors is an online mentoring program that offers Minnesota high school students the opportunity to develop a relationship with a mentor in a professional field. BestPrep connects companies with classrooms to form an eMentors partnership with employees corresponding with students through a weekly message exchange. Over the course of eight weeks, students and mentors discuss topics including college and career experience, interviewing skills, workplace etiquette, having a positive attitude, and more. Students and mentors also participate in two virtual activities focused on building the mentor-student relationship and learning more about career opportunities.
Volunteering with eMentors is a great way to make an impact in your local community and share your story with students who are preparing for the future. Since this program is fully virtual, mentors can volunteer directly from their desks at work or at home, making it an easy volunteer time commitment.
“eMentors gives adults a sneak peek into the world of today's youth; their struggles, hopes, dreams, fears, thoughts, and goals. When you are able to step back from the hustle and bustle of the business world and look through student’s eyes, you appreciate what you had in your youth and gives you a different perspective on the world.”
~ Farah Khan, Thrivent Financial Volunteer
I think it’s cool that you went to Europe. I’ve never been out of the states before. But I have been to like 5 states.
Out time together was great. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do after high school but I knew it would involve college. I hadn’t really thought about engineering a lot until you brought it up. A lot of people told me to do it because I’m good at math but I just shrugged it off. If I didn’t look into engineering, I probably would’ve played football. Many people tell me I should that too. Something I learned about myself was that (not to be cocky), I’m better at things then I thought. I always doubted myself because I always compared myself to the pros. But I realized that I’m not going to be good at everything. And it’s alright to not be a master at everything.
This week’s questions: What did you think of our time? What was the best part? What could’ve been better? Have you learned anything about yourself? Have you learned anything from me?
My last time messaging, Sincerely _____
Thanks for being such a great mentee. I have really enjoyed getting to know you through the many conversations, online and in person, we have had over the past weeks. I appreciate all you shared with me about your life and goals. I’m very excited for you and your journey ahead. You’ve reminded me that life is full of possibilities (for 9th graders and 49-year-olds!). It’s what has inspired me to take up guitar lessons in January. It won’t be easy, but I’m determined to do it.
I hope you will stay determined too. Set a goal, whether it’s engineering or something else, and go for it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough, and surround yourself with people who can help and support you. It won’t be easy, but you can do it!
I know connecting with someone through messages can seem weird at times, and I appreciate you sticking it out and connecting with me. I hope you enjoyed our discussions as much as I did and I wish you all the best for the future. Keep up the good work!
1) Sign up to be a mentor with your company coordinator. If you aren’t sure if you’re participating, check in with us.
2) Complete the online training that will be sent to you.
3) Exchange weekly messages over eight weeks with your student and impart the lessons you have learned in your career. Students send a message in class each week and mentors should respond within 2 business days.
4) Participate in 1-2 virtual activities focused on building the mentor-student relationship and learning more about career opportunities. Some examples of activities include creating a FlipGrid introduction video, a virtual career panel, creating a “Get to Know Me” slideshow, and creating career profile videos.
The eMentors program partners with companies and their employees to volunteer as mentors to Minnesota students. See below for a list of some of our partner companies. If your company is interested in partnering with BestPrep, contact us.
- Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
- Alerus Financial
- Allianz Life
- Allstate Insurance Company
- Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
- Renewal by Andersen
- Apex Systems
- Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
- Best Buy
- Birchwood Financial Partners
- BMO Harris Bank
- Boston Scientific
- Bridgewater Bank
- Cargill, Inc.
- Choice Bank
- C.H. Robinson Worldwide
- Deloitte & Touche LLP
- Deluxe Corporation
- Donaldson Company
- Deluxe Corporation
- Donaldson Company
- ECMC Group
- Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath
- Federated Insurance
- Fidelity Investments
- General Mills
- Great Clips, Inc.
- H.B. Fuller
- Land O’ Lakes
- Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
- Morgan Stanley
- North Star Resource Group
- Old National Bank
- Piper Sandler & Co.
- Pohlad Companies
- Polaris Inc.
- Radisson Hotel Group
- RBC Wealth Management
- The Schwan’s Company
- Target Corporation
- TCF Bank
- The Toro Company
- U.S. Bank
- UnitedHealth Group
- University of Minnesota – College of Science and Engineering
- Voya Financial
- Wealth Enhancement Group
- Wenger Corporation
- Winnebago Industries, Inc.
- Xcel Energy
Join us for the third annual eMentors Symposium on December 6th, 2021 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST via Zoom.
Our keynote speaker will be BestPrep’s 2021 Carpenter Educator of the Year from Osseo Senior High School, Thanhmai Cao. Thanhmai will be asking mentors to consider their own “why” for mentoring as she shares why she uses eMentors, her students’ experiences with the program, and tips for a successful eMentors connection with your student.
After the keynote, guests will connect with other mentors in small group breakout sessions. BestPrep staff will lead participants through a facilitated discussion where mentors can debrief what they just learned and share their own experiences.
2021 Impact Numbers
The eMentors program makes an impact annually on the students in the program.