Mentor Program

Thank you for your interest in TEAK’s Mentor Program. The next opportunity to become a Mentor is in 2013.  At that time, prospective Mentors must attend an information session to be considered for the program.  For questions or to request additional information, please contact Dan Blednick at dblednick@teakfellowship.org or (212) 288-6678 x112.  

Click here to see a list of current mentors. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the TEAK Mentor Program? 

The Mentor Program provides each TEAK Fellow with a volunteer Mentor who serves as a positive role model, listener, advocate, and friend.  Often, TEAK Fellows are the children of immigrants and/or the first generation in their families to be on a college track. It is imperative that these students widen their network of support and be exposed to various adults who can provide perspectives on high school, college, and career paths. 

Students are matched with a Mentor in the fall of their eighth grade year. TEAK hopes to foster long-term and consistent relationships, and therefore, asks Mentors to commit to maintaining the mentorship with Fellows throughout high school. Successful mentoring relationships are ones in which both parties take responsibility for making it work.

What is the timeline for getting involved as a TEAK Mentor?

  • Information sessions are held each year in late spring.  Mentor applications will be distributed at these information sessions.

  • Prospective Mentors who submit applications will be invited to attend a Visitors’ Day at the TEAK Summer Institute in July.   Prospective Mentors will have a chance to observe a class, and speak with TEAK Fellows.

  • Mentor matches are made in late August, with the official “Matching Ceremony” taking place in late September.
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that all applicants will be matched with a Fellow.  Prospective Mentors who are not matched in the year in which they apply will be placed at the top of the Prospective Mentor list for the following year.  

What are the expectations of the Mentor?

  • Mentors must have a college degree, in alignment with the organization's goal of higher education for its students.

  • Each Mentor should see his/her student at least three times during the year and contact their student at least once a month via email or phone.

  • Mentors should commit to maintaining the relationship with their student throughout high school.

  • TEAK asks that Mentors incur the costs of any events or excursions that they choose to participate in with their student.

  • Mentors should obtain permission from parents for all outings.

What are the expectations of the student?

  • Open and consistent communication with his/her Mentor.

  • Punctuality and politeness.

  • Fellows should not expect or ask for gifts from their Mentors.

  • Willingness to try new things.

What are the expectations of the Parent or Guardian?

  • Parents must attend the first meeting between Mentors and Fellows (the Mentor/Fellow Match Day).  The relationship cannot begin unless the parent approves the match.

  • Parents must sanction all outings with the Mentor.

  • Parents should communicate with TEAK staff and the Mentor if there are any concerns regarding the relationship.

What are some common Mentor/Fellow activities?

A Mentor/Fellow activity does not have to be an expensive event.  Mentors can use their creativity, personal experiences, and shared interests with the Fellow to help plan for the time together.  Mentor/Fellow activities could include: playing a sport together, going to a museum, seeing a movie, taking a walk in the park, or sharing a meal together.  TEAK also holds Mentor/Fellow events several times during the year to provide a venue for Mentors and Fellows to interact in larger groups.