Frequently Asked Questions


New Volunteers:

How can I apply to be a Whitman Mentor?

The Whitman Mentor Program accepts applications in September for new mentors. You can fill out our Online Application. Depending on the number of applicants and the number of mentors studying abroad, it is sometimes possible to join the program in January. Please contact us if you have any questions!


How does the Whitman Mentor Program Work?

The intervention specialists at 8 middle and elementary schools nominate at-risk students whom they feel would benefit from having a Mentor. The Mentor Program matches these children with Whitman student volunteers based on the kind of support each child needs and facilitates transportation that coordinates with each student's availability. Whitman Mentors visit their Mentees once a week during lunchtime and spend both lunch and recess hanging out with their Mentees. Every February, the Mentees visit Whitman Campus for Mentees to Campus Day, a carnival celebration for both Mentors and Mentees. Many Mentor/Mentee pairs last the until the Whitman student graduates! 


Current Volunteers:

What should I do if I can't mentor on my regular day?

Please contact your Intervention Specialist so that he or she can let your mentee know! Mentees will often linger around the office for all of lunch and recess wondering why their mentor didn't come visit. Please also send us an email (or cc us on the email you send to the intervention specialist) so that we can excuse you on the attendance sheet. If you are in a carpool, please let them know as well!

If it is at all possible, please try to reschedule for another day that week or go twice the following week. Regular time together is vital for building a strong mentor/mentee relationship!