Mentor applications are open for the 2013/2014 academic year.
To view the application before submitting an application, click here.
Though not required, the Navajo Nation Mentor Trip is highly encouraged for participants.
As a mentor or ádí, you will have a chance to play a significant role in influencing and guiding these wonderful young women to pursue higher education and avail of the educational resources that they may not be aware of or have access to. You will enjoy several benefits:
The March 2009 inaugural visit to the Navajo Reservation began as a crusade to motivate and inspire Navajo girls, and turned into an educational experience for the NAWMBA members. They returned with a determination to keep helping girls on the Reservation achieve higher education and a brighter future. See what some of our adí had to say about their experiences with the program.
“We had a special opportunity to learn firsthand about the struggles that these students face and use that information to find out how we can best connect with them and show them the importance of education.”
“I felt overwhelmed by the social circumstances experienced and realized that the problems were much larger and more complex than I ever thought.”
“Going to the reservations was an eye opener because I found it hard to comprehend the fact that such a place actually exists in a country like the United States. “
“I have always thought that these girls have a huge amount of potential, and after speaking with them, I believe it now more than ever.”
In order for you to be able to guide your mentee through high school and college, and help her with career development, this relationship is essentially long-term, however, a one-year time commitment is needed at the very least.
Ideally, you should contact your mentee at least once a week. The more regularly you are in touch with your mentee, the better.
If you have contacted your mentee and have not heard from her in two weeks or more, please contact the Shideezhí Program program director, Philana Kiely, firstname.lastname@example.org, to check with the mentee. In the event that a mentee stops responding and decides to discontinue her participation in the program, we will try to match you up with a different mentee.
No, the trip to the Reservation is not mandatory to be able to participate in the program but is highly encouraged. This is because it is a very valuable opportunity for mentors to visit and bond with their mentees and is a great chance for mentors and mentees to meet in person. We want to enable all adeezhí to meet and spend time with their adí.
No. Sending monetary gifts is not an acceptable part of the mentoring program. It also creates disparities as not all mentees will receive monetary gifts from their mentors.
If you have become aware that your mentee’s safety or the safety of another is in jeopardy through disclosure, report your concern to the mentor program director or guidance counselor immediately. Let your mentee know that you are required to do so. Discuss this requirement at the beginning of the relationship to inform the mentee of your obligation to report safety concerns.
Any and all programs that work with children and youth are responsible for exercising due diligence and putting in place appropriate protective measures. Thus, to ensure the safety of our mentees, we are obligated to have all our mentors submit to a routine federal background check.
Yes. If you are unable to devote your time to the Shideezhí Program as a mentor, you can contribute in the following ways:
“E-mentoring: The benefits of using online tools to mentor teens”
“How Mentoring Teenagers Benefits both the Teens and their Mentors”
“The Effects of a Mentoring Program on At-Risk Youth”
“Mentoring At-Risk Youth”