• Mentoring Commonly Asked Questions




    What is a mentor? 

    The dictionary defines 'mentor' as a wise and trusted counselor and teacher. In Forsyth County, adult mentors volunteer from the community to provide support and guidance to help students achieve academic, personal and occupational success during school hours, on school grounds. 


     How is this mentor selected? 

     Prospective mentors are recruited on a volunteer basis from local businesses and the community at large. The mentors are matched with students who could benefit from that particular mentor's experience and interests. Mentors must complete a criminal background check and attend mentor training. 


     What will the mentor do with the child? 

    The mentor will meet with your son or daughter in school at a scheduled time during the school day on school grounds. They will meet at least 30 minutes per week. While together, the two may read, talk, study or just be friends. The mentor may also help your child with class assignments, personal goals and for older students, career or college choices. 


     Who can request a mentor for a student? 

    Parents, teachers, school support staff and school administrators. Unfortunately, we do not have enough mentors for each child, but our goal is to increase the number of mentors each year. 


     What can I do to help? 

    There is much you can do to provide support for your child to make the mentor/student relationship a successful one. Simply showing support and a genuine interest in the new mentor friendship win enable your child to benefit from this program. This can be done by encouraging your child to attend scheduled mentor meetings, asking questions about their activities, and backing his/her commitments to meet goals set with the mentor. 


    What is the process for becoming a mentor? 

    The first step to becoming a Forsyth County Schools Mentor is to complete our Mentor Application and attend a training session. At the training, potential mentors will complete a background check form. Once the background check has been processed and a mentor is clear to begin mentoring, their application will be forwarded to the school of their choice. 


    What is the time commitment as a mentor? 

    We ask mentors to meet with their mentee for 30 minutes per week for the duration of the school year. If you are unable to attend a weekly session, we ask you to communicate with the mentee (if you know ahead of time) or school during your absence. 


    Who can I contact if I have questions? 

    Lindsey Simpson at lssimpson@forsyth.k12.ga.us or (770) 887-2461 ext 202347 

    Emilie Mooney at emooney@forsyth.k12.ga.us or (770) 887-2461 ext 202340