How much time does it require?
Every mentoring relationship will be different, but in order to build a strong relationship, we encourage pairs to meet at least two or three times a month for a total of four hours per month. Regular hour-long meetings are ideal, but you have to work with your schedules. You will begin meeting in July after Theology Camp and finish up the following April, though you are welcome to continue thereafter!
What do we do or talk about during mentoring?
You can decide this together and once again, it will look different for every mentoring relationship. Kaleo Academy Theology Camp and the Released Project (service learning project) will be two major elements that can shape your time. We will provide follow up information for you to process the experience together and give the Mentors a chance to engage with the students. Also, as the students traverse the online curriculum throughout the program, Mentors will have a chance to watch videos and discuss topics with them. Have no fear, your mission is not to save the planet in three hours a month.
Does it always have to be serious or deep?
No! Even considering the above ideas, please make sure to have fun! No relationship is always serious or philosophical. Some days you may need a break from life to just goof off, go on an adventure, or veg out together. Also, it is probably safe to say that even Jesus and the disciples shared some laughs along their journey. After all, God gave us a sense of humor to use.
Where do we meet?
Wherever you are most comfortable, and it can vary as you wish. If the weather is nice, go on a walk or head to a local park. Coffee shops or restaurants are always good for talking over a treat or meal. Environments that allow for easy conversation and face-to-face interaction are best. Change it up to keep your meetings interesting and enjoyable!
What if I’m afraid I will be a bad Mentor?
First off, take a deep breath because this is a natural fear. Many people have concerns that they won’t make much of a difference or even that they could cause harm. Since these students chose you, you can already rest assured that they WANT to spend time with you. Also, these students are cream of the crop. They pursued a theological academy to deepen their own faith journey. You can relax and enjoy that journey with them. As long as you are consistent, supportive, and a good role model, the rest will work itself out.
Do I have to attend Theology Camp?
It is highly encouraged that you attend Theology Camp. Theology Camp is in June on the campus of Barclay College in Haviland, KS and housing will be provided. Other than transportation, all other expenses are covered for your participation in Theology Camp. This will give you an opportunity to bond with your student, learn much more about Kaleo Academy, attend classes with your student, attend face-to-face mentor training, and meet Kaleo Academy staff! We understand that this may not be possible for you with work and/or a family though, therefore videos will be available online after camp to learn on your own.
Am I in charge of my student’s Released Project?
Only if you desire to be! We do not desire to create any awkwardness or tension between you and your student. You CAN discuss plans with them, help carry the project to completion (without doing it for them), and offer encouragement, ideas and constructive criticism along the way.
What happens if life changes impact my mentoring commitment during the year?
Life can be unpredictable, and we cannot always be certain of what the future holds. Obviously, if things arise that are out of your control but impact your ability to continue as a Mentor, we will work to figure something out. That being said, we will encourage you to stay as consistent as possible barring any drastic changes such as moving away or traumatic events.