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A mentorship typically involves pairing a student (mentee or protégé) with a community professional (mentor) in a one-to-one relationship, with the intent of providing first-hand experience in a career field/cluster of the student's choice. Mentors are encouraged to provide as much hands-on experience as possible and to give learners a view of all aspects of the career, including routine tasks, as well as creative and challenging opportunities. The mentorship differs primarily from an internship experience in that it is a one-to-one relationship.

The mentorship may be paid or unpaid. School credit can NOT be earned for mentorships (State Board Policy, GCS-I-003, June 2000). It may be possible to turn the mentorship into an Internship in order to receive course credit.


A mentorship is a deliberate pairing of a more skilled or experienced person with a lesser skilled or experienced learner, with the agreed upon goal of having the lesser skilled learner (mentee) grow and develop specific occupational competencies. For the learner who has a full instructional schedule, a mentorship may occur after school hours. The individualized approach to teaching and learning affords a self motivated learner opportunities to excel and to become proficient in a multiplicity of skills. The mentor, guided by the learner's (mentee) school-based instructor, follows an agreed upon instructional plan and outcomes.


  1. Create and/or administer criteria for selection of students (mentees).
  2. Determine each student's (mentee's) instructional needs, interests, aptitudes.
  3. Create and/or administer criteria for selection of mentors.
  4. Approve/select mentor for selected student (mentee).
  5. Ensure legal requirements to be met, e.g. liability insurance.
  6. Orient mentor to expectations.
  7. Orient student (mentee) to expectations.
  8. Create a mentoring agreement or affiliation agreement with and between school and carrier agency (business/industry).
  9. Finalize each student's (mentee's) developmental plan with the student (mentee), parents, and mentor.
  10. Supervise on-site mentorships (visit at least weekly).
  11. Conduct progress conferences.
  12. Evaluate student (mentee).
  13. Evaluate process and outcomes.
  14. Submit report(s) to school officials and business/industry.


Mentor Application
Shared from the Job Ready Workbased Learning Guide.
(doc, 43kb)

Mentor Activity Log
hared from McHenry County, South Carolina.
(doc, 42kb)

Mentor Evaluation
Shared from McHenry County, South Carolina.
(doc, 41kb)

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