As a Mentor for Rainier Athletes, you are matched with a Rainier Athletes student who you will connect with weekly. You will undergo both pre and post match training and have the ongoing support of a dedicated Mentor Coach. You recognize that your impact depends on the level of connectedness between your RA student and their teachers, coaches, and family. You dedicate equal time meeting up with your mentee to build the relationship as you do aligning and connecting your mentee's core-supporters.
Time Commitment: Ranges from 1-3 hours/week
Serve as your mentees main advocate on and off the field.
Connecting weekly with your mentee at their school during the school week. Mentors with mentees in 4th or 5th grade meet at lunch time and mentors with mentees in middle or high school meet after school.
Facilitate connections between RA students and their Core Pillars – teachers, coaches, and family
Formal communication: Track, record, and communicate RA Point System results via weekly synopsis report. Attend and set up formal meetings as necessary.
Informal communication: In person, call, text, email
Consistent communication with the Rainier Athletes’ Mentor Coaches
Be an advocate and ally of RA students and their families
Middle School Mentors: 1 hour/week in-person check-ins (typically on Friday after school) and 1 hour/month supporting Wednesday after school Character Curriculum (if your schedule permits).
Elementary School Mentors: 1 hour/week in-person check-ins (typically on Friday during the specific school's lunch hour) and 1 hour/month supporting organized recess (if your schedule permits).
~1 hours/week communicating with RA student's Core Pillars – teachers, coaches, and family
Each mentor will complete an initial in-depth training and informational session. There will also be additional trainings throughout the year
Please note, we ideally ask Rainier Athletes mentors to commit to at least one full school year. This helps to create consistency and stability in the student’s life, something the student may have lacked prior to joining Rainier Athletes
Cultivate a deep relationship with RA students that empowers them with a deeper sense of purpose and belonging in our community
Uphold and champion RA values of accountability, advocacy, and perseverance
In-person training on Rainier Athletes values and brand, compliance, and leadership development
Online materials, videos, and handouts
Monthly check-ins and quarterly reviews with RA Mentor Coaches
Open communication with RA Mentor Coaches and staff
Compassionate and patient
Listens and asks the questions to build trust in a relationship, including creating a safe space for difficult conversations
Communicative and consistent
Focuses on growth mindset
Inquisitive and curious about what motivates and excites people
Adaptable to a wide variety of personality types, from introverts to extroverts; youth to adults
Takes initiative, solves problems, is optimistic but realistic, collaborative, and reliable
Personal and professional development
Training provided on best practices for working with students in difficult situations
Quarterly mentor social get-togethers
Building relationships with youth in your community