Mentor FAQs

You've got questions?  We've got answers!


What is the commitment?  How long would I mentor?  How many students?  

We ask that mentors work with one student through their first academic year at SU. That being said, if you have capacity and would like to mentor an additional student, you’ll have an opportunity to let us know when you sign up to be a mentor. At the conclusion of the academic year, we hope many mentoring relationships have become organic and will evolve into a less formal, but continued connection. 

What is expected? 

We ask that you meet with your mentee twice in the first three weeks of their first quarter (most students enter in Fall quarter, but some mentees will join the program during Winter quarter), and then communicate once every two-three weeks either in person, by email, text, or phone. We also ask that you maintain communication with Ignite Program Staff throughout the year so that we can support when needed!

How do I sign up?  How do I learn more?

If, after you’ve watched the short video on our mentor page and read these FAQs, you’re ready to sign up to be a mentor, you can indicate your commitment by completing this Mentor Survey. The survey takes most people around 10 minutes to complete, and is used in matching mentors and students. Please complete as much of the survey as you’re comfortable with. If you have additional questions or comments about being a mentor, contact and we’ll be happy to connect with you!

What resources are available? 

Mentors will have access to ongoing training through the year, an online resource guide, and opportunities to connect with other mentors and student/mentor pairs through small groups and events.  Additionally, through the monthly mentorship newsletter, we will provide regular content and topics you may want to consider discussing with your mentee based on time of year, context, and development.

What if I can’t be a mentor all year? 

If you will be gone Fall, but here Winter and Spring, that is easy to accommodate, as we hope to match students entering in Winter and Spring quarters.  If you will be gone another quarter, please contact and we'll explore options.

What research are you referencing? 

In addition to other literature, a study by Gallup Purdue found that college students who have a mentor in college are 2.2 times more likely to be engaged meaningfully in their careers as alumni, and 1.7 times more likely to thrive in six dimensions of wellness.