West Campus Family: You’re Invited to Be a Mentor in the Brother 2 Brothers Program

A Message from Sedrick Brinson, Financial Aid Specialist, Financial Aid Services

I’d like to personally invite you to join me in a project that I’m very excited about, Brother 2 Brothers, a student mentoring program with the mission to uplift, restore and transform young men on Valencia’s West Campus through a collaborative culture dedicated to achievement and personal excellence.

According to a study by Big Brothers Big Sisters, students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52 percent less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37 percent less likely to skip a class. And per a report for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, young adults who face an opportunity gap, but have a mentor, are 55 percent more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor.

Brother 2 Brothers is committed to establishing meaningful learning relationships between men in higher education who can transform lives and uplift individuals to excellence. Brother 2 Brothers is also dedicated to removing barriers and creating connections that raise personal aspirations to empower males to achieve their ambitions. Through the program, our goals are to develop moral character, help students find self-identity, create a future community and establish a sense of ownership, allowing students to ascend to their highest levels of achievement.

To make this program successful, we need the help of our Valencia West Campus family — both faculty and staff, male and female — to volunteer as mentors for these students. We know that this program will be a tremendous success with your help and input.

What is involved? Mentors will be expected to:

  • Work with a maximum of two West Campus mentees
  • Attend a mentor orientation on Monday, August 21, 2017
  • Participate in bi-weekly meetings with mentees
  • Partake in monthly group meetings
  • Be accessible to the mentee
  • Keep shared information confidential, unless it is illegal or threatening to the student or others
  • Respect individual differences
  • Assist the mentee in achieving his own measure of success
  • Set good examples by illustrating appropriate behavior, manners and appearance

To apply, please complete this application (download the form to type your responses), and email it to B2B@valenciacollege.edu. Alternatively, you can email me at sbrinson5@valenciacollege.edu or Patrick Bartee, professor, speech, at pbartee@valenciacollege.edu by Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

More information on how students can get involved will be coming soon.

If you have questions about the program or the application, please contact me at the email address above or at 407-299-5000, extension 5236 or Patrick Bartee at the email address above or 407-299-5000, extension 1018.

We sincerely hope you will join us in this exciting endeavor to help our Valencia men strive toward achievement and personal excellence.

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