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2010-2011 Mentor Guidelines Please read the following guidelines thoroughly before completing and submitting your mentor application. If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Lindsay Griffith via e-mail at bridgesbeyond@gmail.com. Bridges Beyond Borders’ Mission Our mission is to assist refugee youth with the difficult transition to American culture and to foster self-esteem, educational achievement, and a lifelong sense of belonging through peer mentoring and a strong, reliable support network. Background Bridges Beyond Borders was founded in early 2010 as a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action. Lexington has a large refugee population, composed primarily of citizens of Iraq, Bhutan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When they arrive here, they often speak very little English (or none at all) and must immediately focus on securing housing, work, and a new life here. Refugee children are often recovering from an emotionally tumultuous past while trying to catch up to their English-language peers and adjust to life in the United States. Bridges will help to bridge that gap between refugee youth and their peers through mentoring, tutoring, and a strong, steady presence. Research has shown that mentoring can greatly improve a child’s life in many ways. It improves school attendance and children’s attitudes toward school. It can increase positive self-image and promote positive relationships, while preventing substance abuse and negative behaviors.1 Research has also demonstrated that the longer a mentoring relationship endures, the better the outcome for the mentee.

Program Format Fifteen Bridges Beyond Borders mentors will each be match with a refugee student from Morton Middle School, our partner school. Mentors will commit to work at least one hour every week (except for University of Kentucky holiday weeks) during both the fall and spring semesters in order to provide a stable, lasting relationship with mentees. Mentors will attend an orientation session before beginning the program so that they are aware of the distinct difficulties and needs of the refugee population. Mentors will meet with their mentee each week at Morton Middle School, sometimes during their after-school program (3:45-5:00), and sometimes during the day. This will depend on both the mentor’s schedule and the after-school program’s timeline. There will be an opening, mid-year, and year-end event to bring together mentors, mentees, and mentee families.

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Friday, August 20 – application deadline (by e-mail) Tuesday, August 24 – interviewees notified Friday, August 28 – interviews in Student Center Monday, August 31 – new mentors (15) notified Wednesday, September 2 – mentor orientation at 6:00 in Student Center

Jekielek, Susan, et al. Mentoring: A promising strategy for youth development. Child Trends Research Brief. 2002.

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2010-2011 Mentor Application Contact & Academic Information Name Street Address City, State Zip Code

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E-Mail Address Academic Year

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Major/Minor GPA

Availability Please mark ( X ) all times you are available (not in class or working) each day. Monday

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9:00-12:00 12:00-3:00 3:30-5:00

Interest Essay Summarize why you would like to be a mentor with Bridges Beyond Borders. Please use only the space allotted (approximately 150 words).

Previous Volunteer Experience Summarize your previous volunteer experience, paying special attention to any international or youth experience. Please use only the space allotted (approximately 150 words).

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References List two references over the age of 21 and not related to you. Full Name

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Relationship to You

Emergency Contact Name Street Address City, State Zip Code Home Phone Work/Cell Phone

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Recruitment Survey How did you hear about Bridges Beyond Borders?

Agreement Confirmation By submitting this application, I affirm that the facts set forth in it are true and complete. I understand that if I am selected as a mentor, any false statements, omissions, or other misrepresentations made by me on this application may result in my immediate dismissal and replacement. Full Name Date

Our Policy It is the policy of Bridges Beyond Borders to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability. Thank you for applying to be a mentor with Bridges Beyond Borders and for your passion to serve the Lexington refugee community.

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Please return this form as an attachment via e-mail to: Lindsay Griffith bridgesbeyond@gmail.com Subject: Completed Mentor Application

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Mentor Application Packet