CRIS Community Connectors Program is an Ohio Department of Education (ODE) grant that is focused on providing one-on-one mentoring services to middle school and high school students that are currently going to a school within the Columbus City Schools (CCS). The goal of the mentoring is to help the students advance socially and academically. The mentor-mentee relationship is a mutually beneficial relationship where both parties involved are exchanging knowledge about their personal experiences and culture while forming a strong bond. Almost all our mentees are children of immigrants who have come to the US recently.
To become a mentor with CRIS, one has to be strongly committed to the cause of helping refugees and immigrants. We require our mentors to commit to at least a year where they will be meeting with their mentees once a week for about an hour. We are aware of holidays and breaks and it is something we will be flexible with when necessary. Additionally, these are the steps one has to go through before starting mentoring:
- Complete a volunteer profile form on crisohio.org
- Initial phone/in-person interview with CRIS Community Connectors team
- Take the online “Making of a Mentor” training (paid for by CRIS)
- Complete background check –CRIS will help you schedule one for free
- Attend an in-person training, sign necessary paperwork
- Get matched with a mentee (based on linguistic or mentor preference if any)
Thank you for visiting Community Connectors webpage. If you have any questions, contact us at 614-273-5618.