Become a Mentor
Mentors for the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal are committed to helping work-ready students stand out to employers and postsecondary institutions. Mentors give students first-hand information on what it takes to be successful in the next step of their career path. The seal gives students an extra credential that not all applicants will have and gives them a unique recommendation from each of their mentors. As a mentor, you have the power to help these students succeed and gain a competitive advantage.
Mentors can be from three environments: school, work or community
School: The student demonstrates professional skills in a school environment during the school day or during extracurricular activities. School mentors include teachers, administrators, advisors, coaches, and others. These activities are separate from work-based or community-based activities.
Work: The student demonstrates professional skills in a work environment. Work mentors include supervisors, hiring managers, experienced co-workers, and others. These activities are separate from school-based or community-based activities.
Community: The student demonstrates professional skills in a community environment. Community mentors include volunteer coordinators, faith-based leaders, and others. These activities are separate from school-based or work-based activities.
Students must choose mentors they worked with, activities they participated in and skills they demonstrated while in high school.
What it Means to be a Mentor
To earn the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal, students must work with three or more mentors. Mentors are trusted adults who have either supervised or worked with the student in a professional environment. Students are required to identify mentors from at least two of the three environments: work, school, and/or community.
What to Expect if You’ve Been Asked to be a Mentor
Students must demonstrate certain professional skills to earn the seal, and they are required to work with their mentors to demonstrate each skill.
Students will reach out to you to request your assistance with filling out the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal form. The form has a list of 15 professional skills. For each skill, students must fill out a box with an example of a time they demonstrated that skill under your supervision. The student will work with you to agree upon the example.
By signing the form, you are verifying that the student has demonstrated each professional skill you signed for under your supervision. Vouching for a student is the equivalent of “recommending” that student to employers and colleges for their demonstration of each professional skill you signed for.
Please note: In many cases, students will have already demonstrated the skill under your supervision. If the student has not yet demonstrated a skill, please do not sign for the skill. Mentors are encouraged to work with students to set goals within their area of supervision (i.e. student may set a goal with a basketball coach to demonstrate leadership by leading practice drills). Mentors should sign the form only once the student has demonstrated the agreed upon skills under their supervision.
Responsibilities of a Mentor
By agreeing to be a mentor, you are supporting the student in his or her OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal application process and recommending the student to employers and institutions of higher education. Helping the student fill out the form is the only requirement of a mentor, however, mentors are encouraged to go above and beyond by writing letters of recommendation and taking extra steps to coach the student.
To show support for work-ready students, companies, and institutions of higher education can provide testimonials using this form.
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