SAS mentors are the lifeblood of our organization and the drive behind our advocacy. The pride our team takes in the promotion of equitable education is worth rejoicing. We are confident that individuals interested in mentoring will find their pending responsibilities manageable and accommodating. We request our mentors allot one and one-half hours per after-school session at a minimum of two sessions per month. Mentors may assign themselves to available sessions through the SAS Google Calendar via Gmail.
We realize that absolute mastery in every area of science is unrealistic, even for seasoned collegiates. That being said, all mentors should make their best effort to assist students regardless of the question presented. Additionally, Sprout and S.T.E.M. emphasizes the importance of upholding authenticity and academic integrity; mentors and students are expected to maintain honesty in the origination and submission of academic material. SAS is a resource, rather than an answerbank.
Sprout and S.T.E.M. mentors are asked to begin their sessions with an overview summarizing recent coursework and concepts previously introduced by high school faculty. Mentors are privy to recent subject materials through the collection of course syllabi and timelines provided by the science department faculty. We encourage our mentors to reiterate these topics through the facilitation of group discussion, rather than relecturing material in a manner similar to current classroom structure. It is our every intention that sessions remain dissimilar to the current construct of the standard high school class period. With Sprout and S.T.E.M. being comprised of young adults, we believe our ability to relate to and interact with high school students is beneficial to learning. Interactive discussion with group dialogue retains the attention and interest of the individuals involved and offers an alternative method of analyzing abstract concepts.
"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time;
they just have the heart."
Communication with high school faculty and staff ensures effective operation. It is the responsibility of SAS to provide its mentors with the necessary resources to appropriately prepare for tutoring sessions. SAS has obtained the course syllabi of students participating in SAS, thereby providing mentors with a timeline of the student's school-based curriculum. This provision allows mentors to effectively predict and prepare for a range of topics and questions of upcoming study sessions.
We expect our mentors and high school students to maintain mutual respect and professionalism throughout their collaboration. SAS asks both parties to value and appreciate the other; this working relationship is dynamic and mutually dependent. Mentors are asked to arrive punctually, notifying SAS of cancellations in advance of their session. As we all know, life is unpredictable and holds the capacity to create conflict between responsibilities. SAS will recognize notified absences in times of unexpected circumstances but otherwise relies on mentors to manage their schedules accordingly.