All of our courses have strong student success and retention rates due to our devoted team of professors, and the support of our trained LEAD mentors. Mentors are a key part of the program, as they are an integral part of our classes. Mentors work with their familias to build a sense of community and support for students. This helps students be engaged not only with the course that they’re taking, but also with the campus as a whole, as well as the community around them.
The LEAD mentor serves as a strong support for students, who can check in with them when they miss a class. Mentors aid students in overcoming obstacles in their education, and help them with finding a community that they can trust and find support from on campus.
In addition to being an integral part of our classes classes, LEAD mentors work hard outside the classroom. They attend weekly meetings with other mentors in the program to discuss upcoming events or field trips, work through challenges, and just generally support one another.
We welcome all students who have taken LEAD classes to consider mentoring with us. LEAD mentors are a diverse group of students from many different ethnic, social, political, and educational backgrounds. They are self-motivated, have a positive attitude, excellent communication and listening skills, and above all, they are students who want to help others. Basic qualifications include: being a DASB card holder, meeting the minimum GPA of 3.0, attending weekly mentor meetings, and attending quarterly mentor/job training.
You also must:
- understand issues in Latino community and their effects on all people
- improve leadership skills, so that we can provide service to, and learn from, the communities we serve
- build a strong, lasting sense of familia that sustains all students during their time at De Anza, and beyond
- advocate for quality education for all people, regardless of immigration status, race, religion, or ability to pay
- serve as a role model in order to share what it means to be an excellent student and valuable community member.
Shadow Mentors -
Any student may serve as a shadow mentor, whether or not they have taken the class in which they wish to serve. Shadow Mentors are expected to attend all class sessions and work closely in a familia under the supervision of a more experienced Mentor. Shadow mentors may take a class for credit at the same time they are shadowing, but must make that arrangement with both the instructor and a Senior Mentor before the class begins.
Beginning Fall 2012, independent Mentors must have served as a Shadow Mentor before they will be able to serve as a Mentor for a LEAD class. If a student has mentored for a LEAD class before this date, they are exempt from this rule. Mentors will be assigned to a class as they are available and are expected to fulfill the Mentor duties described.
Senior Mentors -
Students who have successfully served as LEAD Mentors for more than three classes are considered a Senior Mentor. Senior Mentors are encouraged to take on planning, training, leadership, and continuing support responsibilities for the LEAD community. Support responsibilities include organizing service projects, fundraising activities, and alumni gatherings.
Alumni Mentors -
Our alumni have earned thousands of dollars in scholarships, transferred to many different four year colleges, and gone on to graduate and professional school.
Just a few examples include alumni who now attend or have graduated from:
- Notre Dame de Namur University
- Santa Clara University
- UC Berkeley
- UC Santa Cruz
- UC Davis
- UC Santa Barbara
- San Jose State University
- San Francisco State University
- Cal State East Bay
- Johns Hopkins University
- Columbia University
- University of Michigan
- Hastings School of Law.
But perhaps our greatest joy is when our alumni become leaders in their own communities. The alumni from our program are very successful after leaving De Anza. Many of our alumni have gone on to work on their own organizations, and become leaders working on their own projects.
When students leave our program, they are still apart of our Familia. We encourage them to still be apart of LEAD events, projects, and activities. Often times, alumni use LEAD as a network of other like minded individuals, and continue to work together. They are also encouraged to return to De Anza and help with LEAD events, training, and classes when they are available.
What do Mentors Do?
- Attend all class sessions and facilitate familia work in the classroom. Help the instructor with classroom management as needed.
- Guide students to academic and community resources.
- Aid in building group dynamics within the familias and across the De Anza community
- Attend a Quarterly Mentor Training.
- Attend weekly Mentor Meeting with the LEAD Community Coordinator and other Mentors
- Assist LEAD Community Coordinator in planning field trips/site visits
- Meet individually with students as needed
- Record observations of students assigned to Mentor, and submit quarterly report to the Instructor or Community Coordinator as needed
- Participate in service learning projects with the LEAD community