Why Mentor?

If you are reading this it is because you are interested in mentoring an undergraduate member. Like many successful individuals you may have some questions and concerns before you decide to delve into the commitment of mentoring someone else. Questions can range from:

  • Do I have the time and capcity?
  • What can I really offer?
  • Will my mentee listen?
  • Will we get along?
  • How much responsibility will I have?

These are indeed legitimate questions that every person should ask themselves. It means that you are taking the idea of becoming a mentor seriously.  But the real question you are asking is "Why should I mentor?" In truth there are many great reasons why you should be a mentor. Here are a few:

  • Someone mentored you. Whether intentionally or unintentionally the reason you are where you are in life is because others took the time out to guide you. It's time to return the favor to someone else.
  • Apart of your legacy. What good is it to be successful if you cannot point to anyone that you helped?
  • Benefits the mentor also. When mentoring someone in your profession or major it pushes you to keep up with all of the new practices, information and resources.
  • Keeps you young! There's nothing better than interacting with young people to add years to your life!
  • Gives purpose to your life. Yes you are helping others. But you are helping yourself.
  • You become a "If I only knew back then, what I know now" prevention specialist. Its an opportunity to guide a young person through the pitfalls you couldn't avoid and see what the results are. 

Mentoring is not a one size fits all form of volunteering.  Time and capacity is something to seriously consider. But there are several forms of mentoring in which alumni members of Kappa Alpha Psi can take part in:

  • 1 to 1 mentoring: Connecting with undergraduate members in your area
  • Group based mentoring: Connecting with undergrads from a particular chapter or those within your major 
  • E-Mentoring: If proximity is an issue, you can utilize the Achievement Academy site and email to connect and advise undergraduates from afar
  • Resource Provider: In extreme cases where constant contact may be tough, you can serve as a resource provider. That is a mentor who has access to a great deal of information, resources and opportunities in which undergraduates can take advantage of. 

So basically if you have a genuine concern for the well being of undergraduate members there is a place for you as a mentor. So how do you get started?

  • Complete the mentor application form. This form can only be completed by members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity,c Incorporated.  You will be asked for your membership ID.
  • Upon approval join the "Mentor Central" community site for all the up to date information and training for mentors
  • Determine what type of mentor is most effective for you from the above listing. (No matter which one you choose, it is important to make at least a 1 year commitment)
  • Connect in your professional cohort

So now you have all of the information you need! Thank you for your interest in becoming a mentor for the Kappa Alpha Psi Achievement Academy. Please also feel free to refer another member to join the cause!

Ready? Set? Mentor!