FAQs About Mentorship
- Who becomes a UECC AmeriCorps Mentor?
AmeriCorps Mentors are at least 18 years old and have the desire to make a difference in their communities through academic assistance in language arts and/or math. They have varied career paths, ranging from biochemistry to political science.
- What experience is required?
No prior teaching experience is required. We only expect that our Mentors meet our eligibility requirements and commit to a full year of service.
- What if I can’t make it to a session one week?
Consistency is important for your mentee, but we also understand that college students have busy schedules. Simply let your site supervisor know ahead of time of your absence so that we can notify your student and schedule a make-up session.
- Do I have a choice in the age or gender of the student with whom I work?
We carefully match you based on your schedule and the school’s priority. During the interview, you will be able to note which grade and subject you feel most comfortable mentoring. Your on-site supervisor will always be available to answer questions and to ensure you are confident in your abilities to serve as a UECC AmeriCorps Mentor.
- What kind of training will I receive?
Once you’ve made it through the selection process, training begins with a 3-day orientation at UCR. You will learn the history and goals of the University Eastside Community Collaborative (UECC) and AmeriCorps. A Riverside Unified School District teacher will also conduct a workshop addressing effective tutoring strategies. On the final day of orientation, you will meet your site supervisor for an on-site orientation. (Be sure to bring all of your questions.)
Throughout the year, you will be asked to attend “Member Meetings”. These meetings take place once a month and are tailored to your professional development as a college student.
- How long is the UECC AmeriCorps commitment?
We ask that Mentors commit to at least 10-15 hours per week for one school year.
- I’ve already had a background check performed in the past. Will I need to get another
Unfortunately, organizations are prohibited by law from sharing background results. If selected, we will reimburse you for the UECC background check fee.
- It’s already the middle of the semester. Can I still volunteer?
Not yet. UECC AmeriCorps recruits Mentors over the summer to begin the following fall semester. We do, however, keep an “interested” list. If you’re interested in getting started now, please submit your resume and cover letter to UECC@ucr.edu.
UECC is now recruiting for the 2018-19 program year. Join the effort and apply today!