MYPI Mentorship Program
MYPI aims to serve young Muslim youth in receiving education, job skills, personal development opportunities, leadership skills, and a chance to get their lives headed in a positive direction. MYPI mentors provide support to their mentees as they go through the MYPI experience, as well as ongoing support to graduates in order to ensure their continued educational, personal, and professional success. Mentors are a key part of the MYPI community, supporting the learning, development, and exploration of the students.
Description of a MYPI mentor
A mentor is an individual who wants to have a positive impact on a young adult’s life. He or she is a trusted person, who is caring and provides positive solutions and support. As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to provide access to people, places, and things outside the mentee’s daily routine and environment. As a mentor you will use the Life Plan, a written statement of the goals of the young person, as an ongoing touch point for your mentoring relationship.
Mentors beyond college will be assigned mentees of any age group they request.
Mentors in College level will be assigned mentees of either high school or middle school.
Mentors ages 17 to college will be assigned mentees in middle school.
• Active listener
• Flexible, open, and approachable
• Dependable and enthusiastic
• Nonjudgmental attitude
• Resourceful and able to support mentees as they strive toward their religious, educational, career, or personal goals
• Attend mentor orientation.
• Make a commitment of a minimum of 18 months to mentoring a MYPI student.
• Meet in-person with mentee for two (2) hours per month. Additional contact each month by phone or e-mail is also welcomed, as needed.
• Focus attention on the student’s YouthBuild Life Plan.
• Participate in quarterly service or group mentoring activities.
• Communicate once a month with mentor coordinator.
• Participate in all ongoing training sessions.
• Attend program ceremonies, including a matching ceremony and a match celebration at the end of the program year.
• Provide all needed data for program evaluation.
• Matching a mentor to a mentee is based on the number of mentees signed up. Sometimes even if the mentor qualifies and passes all requirements, a mentee assignment is not guaranteed.
Mentor eligibility requirements
• Must be over 17 years of age
• Must complete an application
• Attend a face-to-face interview session
• Pass criminal record and child abuse registry checks
• Satisfactory personal reference checks
Volunteers will be matched with a youth for a minimum of 18 months
• Guide youth towards achieving their education and career goals, while gaining a new friend
• Experience the fulfillment of watching a MYPI student grow, develop skill, and gain confidence
• Enhance growth by modeling good values and judgment
• Become a part of a new network of change agents
• Learn more about your community and its diversity and its futu
MYPI contact persons
Huma Babak Ebadi
MYPI Executive Director
Youth Coordination Director