Donna Woodka (
Wed, 17 Jul 1996 16:36:58 -0700 (PDT)

I think what most people who volunteer for such activities are really
after is the knowledge that they have made a difference in someone's life.
If you acknowledge the effort they have put in with sincere appreciation
and something that signifies the difference they have made in the mentee's
life (which you are doing with the poem) that is probably good

Since what most busy people need in their lives is time and the chance to
relax, perhaps if you could find ways to increase their free time in
return, it might be helpful. Exchange some of the student's time to do
something for their mentor, perhaps? Grade papers, file things, etc. for
their mentor for a couple of hours...

On Wed, 17 Jul 1996, MARY DICKERSON wrote:

> I implemented a mentor program in Fall Semester 1994. We now have 36
> mentors and 63 "mentees." Mentors, which are faculty and staff, have been
> recognized in the past with a pin, a certificate, a poem written by a
> student about a mentor. Each mentors has received a manual with helpful
> information and a resource list. How else can we acknowlege these
> outstanding people who give above and beyond their already full schedules?
> Most of the students are equity students: single parents, displaced
> homemakers, Limited English, physically challenged, learning disabled.
> Many have math phobias and the math department all volunteers and said
> send them on. Office technology majors ask for administrative assistants.
> It's an exciting endeavor and very rewarding. It is so hard to recognize
> people for something that cannot be "priced."
> c
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Donna Woodka | "Which is the greater wrong? To hurt the unforgiving
| one, or to hurt the one who has forgiven all?" | -- Edhadeya, in Orson Scott Card's _Earthborn_

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