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.

Working with English Language Learners

Engaging Less Engaged Student

Communication and Connection

What to expect as an eMentor

Meet and Greets

First Time eMentor Tips

Time Commitment

How to be a Good Tour Guide

Communication Tips

First Time Tips

“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



  • 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

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.


eMentors Symposium Recordings – December 15, 2020.

Keynote by Sarah Schaefer, MENTOR MN

Student Panel, Robbinsdale Cooper Students

Developmental Relationships, Cecilia Saddler, Search Institute

Asset-Based Approaches to Relationships, Sarah Schaefer, MENTOR MN