eMentors Volunteer Resources

Thank you for volunteering with eMentors! With your help, we are able to reach around 4,000 students across Minnesota each year. Throughout the program, you will be having conversations with your mentee to discuss topics including future career opportunities, how to network with others within a professional setting, and how to improve written communication skills.

Keep reading for resources, videos, a cultural humility training, and more

The Mentor Guide is a written version of the video training that all mentors are expected to watch before connecting with their student. If you’d rather read the information instead of watch it, consider checking out the Mentor Guide which covers program objectives along with the rules, guidelines, and boundaries of the program. Learn more about how it all works and what the next steps are to prepare for your mentoring experience.

Have a question that wasn’t answered by the training video or mentor guide? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions which may help answer your question. We know that every connection with a student is different, and we may not have answered your question here. If you still haven’t gotten the answer you’re looking for, connect with your BestPrep Staff Coordinator who is ready to help with any questions or concerns you may have.

Engaging Less Engaged Students

How to be a Good Tour Guide

Communication and Connection

What to expect as an eMentor

Meet and Greets

First Time eMentor Tips

Time Commitment

Communication Tips

First Time Tips

Videos

eMentors Volunteer Training, BestPrep

“The danger of a single story,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Getting Relationships Right,” Kent Pekel

MENTOR: Black Youth Town Hall

“I’m Mexican. Does that change your assumptions about me?”, Vanessa Vancour

“Rethinking thinking,” Trevor Maber

“My identity is a superpower – not an obstacle,” America Ferrera

“Critical Mentoring – Because Young People Deserve the Best of Us,” Torie Weiston-Serdan

Articles

Books

  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverley Daniel Tatum

eMentors has had an incredible impact on Minnesota student’s lives, and we aim to increase that impact year after year. To view a summary of this year’s program or to learn more about the data results, click the button below.

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