Become a Project Thrive Mentor
All RISD faculty, staff and former Project Thrive Mentees are welcome to apply to become a mentor. The heart and soul of this program is our amazing mentors! Mentors in Project Thrive typically meet with their mentees once or twice a month and have the flexibility to arrange their meetings directly with their mentees. Depending on the needs of the mentee and the type of mentoring relationships formed, many mentors simply meet with their student for coffee, while others do more elaborate excursions such as apple-picking and museum touring! The possibilities are endless and the choice is up to you!
There are three other mentor commitments outside of your individual meetings with your student, which include: attendance at the Mentor Orientation in September and attendance at both the Opening and Closing Celebrations. Mentors are welcome at all organized social events with their Mentees, e.g. Waterfire Trips, Ice Skating, and trips to the theater.
Learn more about past year cohorts by visiting the Project Thrive Past Yearbook Pages
How To Apply
Applying to be a mentor is as easy as filling out an application with ISE. Once we receive your application we work to match Mentee Applicants with Mentors, so be patient as Mentees tend to have specific requests:
Mentor Schedule 2019-2020
Project Thrive Meet and Greet with Mentees: September, 11th 2019 from 5-6:30pm on the Moore Terrace (outside of Chase Center) Join ISE staff over dinner and meet your mentee.
Engaging in Identity Conscious Mentoring Through A Coaching Approach: September 19th, 2019 from 5-7pm (Location TBA) Dinner will be served. Liza Talusen, who has over 20 years of experience in leadership and practice, will lead a workshop on mentorship, goal setting in the context of coaching, and how to support underrepresented students.
Mentors and their Mentees can go to any of the RISD dining facilities, (Jolly Roger, The Watermark Café, The Portfolio and The Met) and enjoy a free meal or coffee once a month. In order to use the Project Thrive budget for dining, simply show your ID at The Met, Jolly Roger, Portfolio, or Watermark and tell them to charge to the Project Thrive account.
Helpful Campus Resources for Mentors
View the Faculty and Staff Guide to Helping Students in Distress. Created by the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the guide provides information about how to respond to students in crisis, and provides a directory of on and off campus supports available to students.