We’ve talked about the positive impact that an internal mentorship program can make for your company; however, in order to create a successful mentorship program for your company, you need to know how to recruit the right mentors and provide them with thorough training. Therefore, the Over My Shoulder Foundation wanted to share some helpful tips for training and supporting mentors. Outlined below are some steps that your company should take to recruit and train mentors for your mentorship program:


Have clear cut guidelines for your mentors and their training requirements. Source: Freedigitalphotos.net

  1. Recruitment: In order to attract the strongest mentors for your program, you should realistically portray the benefits and challenges that will be associated with the program. You should also outline the expectations of what your ideal mentor/mentee relationship will look like in this program. When recruiting, be sure to look for mentors that will fit in well with your program’s culture and the mentees that are enrolled in the program. The following should be considered for mentor applicants at a minimum: the written application, the time commitment, a face-to-face interview, a reference check, and a criminal background check.
  2.  Training: At a minimum, you should offer two hours of in-person training to your program mentors, which will cover the program rules, expectation of the mentor/mentee relationship, ethical issues, and resources available to help strengthen the mentor/mentee relationship.
  3. Ongoing Support: To ensure that the mentor/mentee relationship is successful from the start, it’s a good idea to reach out to the mentor and mentee twice individually during the first month of the relationship and once a month going forward. This allows for the relationship to be tweaked when necessary and additional support to be offered when needed.

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If you will be entering college this fall, one of the best ways to get acclimated in your new environment and better determine which field you want to go into is to partake in a mentoring program. Boston, a city full of well-respected educational institutions such as Boston University and Boston College, offers a number of college mentoring programs for students that want to get on the right path early in their academic careers.

Being advocates of mentoring relationships ourselves, the Over My Shoulder Foundation wanted to share a few of these mentoring programs for college students in the Boston area:


Ask about the College Bound Mentoring Program at Boston College. Source: Patricia Drury

  • College Bound Mentoring Program at Boston College: This program is designed to help incoming college freshmen receive the additional support that they need in order to have a successful college experience. Through this program, one to two incoming freshmen are paired with a mentor that is currently an undergraduate student at Boston College. Through this mentoring arrangement, the mentor will meet with the mentees for two to three hours each month to discuss future goals pertaining to their career and college choices.
  • CAS Peer Mentors at Boston University: This mentoring program is coordinated by the College of Arts and Sciences and Leadership Office at Boston University, and its intention is to help college freshmen make an easier transition to life at college. The peer mentors are existing undergraduate students that introduce new students to resources, academic policies, extracurricular activities, workshops, and student support groups.

To learn more about these college mentoring programs or how a mentoring relationship in general could be beneficial to you, please contact us at the Over My Shoulder Foundation.

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The STEM Program pairs graduate students with younger students. Source: RDECOM

After school mentoring programs are a great solution for keeping adolescents out of trouble and on the path to graduation. Understanding this, the New York Academy of Sciences has created the After School STEM Mentoring Program, which matches grade school students in after school programs in the New York City and Newark areas with graduate student students in the Academy’s Science Alliance.

Currently, the After School STEM Mentoring Program has sites in New York City and Newark. The Department of Youth and Community Development partners with the New York City chapter and is a founding member of the program. Mentors connected with the after school mentoring program in Newark partner with Citizen Schools, which offer middle school after school programs to lower income families in the community.

The New York Academy of Sciences staff trains its graduate students in STEM-related curricula to become instructors and mentors in these after school programs, focusing on helping youth to develop foundational science education and creating excitement around the subject. One of the goals of this program is to help turn-around the lagging science achievement of students in these communities and inspire high-need students with energy, enthusiasm, and excitement about science. The Academy is dedicated to providing solid mentors and positive role models to students with an interest in the STEM fields.

To learn more about after school mentoring programs in your community, please contact us at the Over My Shoulder Foundation.



The work in Massachusetts proves how mentoring can lead to success. Source: Freedigitalphotos.net

For those seeking statewide mentoring programs in Massachusetts, the Mass Mentoring Partnership serves over 200 mentoring programs in the state in an effort to support youth in mentoring relationships. Like the Over My Shoulder Foundation, the Mass Mentoring Partnership is passionate about raising the awareness of the positive impact that mentoring can have on the younger generation and therefore has supported more than 30,000 youth statewide since its inception in 1992. Services that the Mass Mentoring Partnership offers include mentor-mentee match activities, mentor recruitment, professional development, and mentor training.

The program is dedicated to serving youth between the ages of 5 and 18 and partners with schools, religious organizations, local non-profits, and companies to provide one-on-one mentoring, group mentoring, and e-mentoring programs. The Mass Mentoring Partnership is actively seeking new mentors that are at least 21 years of age and can commit to at least 1 year of mentoring.

If you know that you want to help, but aren’t sure where to get started, the Mass Mentoring Partnership can help you to find a local  program that aligns with your interests and area of expertise. To do so, please visit the Mass Mentoring Partnership website and specify whether you would like to have the organization suggest programs for you or if you would prefer to complete your own search for local mentoring programs.

To learn more about the impact that a mentoring relationship can have on the rising generation and other statewide mentoring programs in Massachusetts, please contact us at the Over My Shoulder Foundation.



We’re proud to have Shea Rose join our team!

Bridgetown recording artist Shea Rose is the newest member of the Over My Shoulder Foundation Family. Through her music-based outreach programs, she has shown her dedication to fostering relationships with others and serving as a mentor to enact social change.

In the coming weeks, Rose will be headed to Barbados to join the International Artist & Residency Program at Fresh Milk Art Platform, where she will be exploring the themes of musical and cultural identity through performance and presenting workshops to school-aged children in Barbados.

The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. is a Caribbean non-profit, artist-led, inter-disciplinary organization that supports creatives and promotes wise social, economic, and environmental stewardship through creative engagement with society and by cultivating excellence in the arts.

Rose has previously worked with local, national and international organizations through her outreach initiative, “My Angel Wears a Fro,” which she uses to promote social change through music. Through these organizations, Rose has volunteered, performed, and presented lectures, workshops and clinics.

While at the Berklee College of Music, Shea Rose received the Walter W. Harp Liberal Arts Music and Society Award for her demonstration of outstanding achievement in research, civic engagement and performance relating to music and society. She was the President of The Movement, an organization which employed music-based service initiatives to serve the Boston community. The Movement paired students, faculty, staff and alumni volunteers with local groups so that they could share their knowledge and set examples as leaders to Boston-area students.

We are thrilled to have Shea Rose join the OMSF team. Her unique perspective is sure to help us grow in our efforts to provide guidance and promote mentorship in our community.



Take a note from Oprah’s success story. Source: Story Accents

We recently talked about famous mentor pairs, including Oprah Winfrey and her fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Duncan. It’s no surprise that some of the most successful and influential people in the world can tie the defining moments in their lives back to a strong mentoring relationship. To expand on our celebrity mentorship stories, let’s further discuss the role that Mrs. Duncan, Oprah’s mentor, played in her life.

When Oprah was in the fourth grade, the biggest impact that Mrs. Duncan made on Oprah’s life was to help her to not be afraid of being smart. Not only did she encourage her to read, but Mrs. Duncan frequently stayed after school with Oprah to work with her on assignments, help her to select new and challenging books, and even let her grade papers.

Mrs. Duncan’s relationship to Oprah as a mentor helped her to see the better part of herself that was hidden from her own view. While at the time Oprah wanted to go on to be the best teacher that anyone had ever seen, she accomplished this goal at a much greater level by serving as a teacher and mentor to millions of women across the globe through her extremely successful career as supervising producer and host of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

According to Oprah, “mentors are important and I don’t think anybody makes it in the world without some form of mentorship.” Our team at the Over My Shoulder Foundation couldn’t agree with you more, Oprah. To learn more about celebrity mentorship stories and the impact that a mentoring relationship can have in your life, please contact us at the Over My Shoulder Foundation.



It’s a known fact that girls and women that participate in sports are more likely to stay in school, live a healthier lifestyle, and earn higher wages throughout their lives. For this reason, the U.S. State Department and espnW have created the Global Women’s Sports Mentoring Program. This will be one of the first sports mentoring programs of its kind targeted to women, and 17 emerging international women leaders will be paired with some of the most successful American women executives that work in sports-related fields for a 3 week mentorship program in the United States.


Hillary Clinton announced the program with John Ritter. Source: pennstatenews

Through this program, the American women business leaders will not only share with their mentees their expertise in sports and how it’s positively impacted their lives, but will also demonstrate their business and leadership skills. Outlined below are the following organizations that will be providing a mentor for this year’s Global Women’s Sports Mentoring Program:

  • Burton
  • Colavita
  • ESPN
  • Gatorade
  • LPGA Foundation
  • NCAA
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Stanton & Company
  • Under Armour
  • University of Oregon
  • USA Gymnastics
  • U.S. Olympic Committee
  • Women in Cable Telecommunications
  • Women’s Sports Foundation

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and ESPN President John Kipper announced the program, which intends to use sports as a launching pad for expanding the breadth of possibilities for women and girls worldwide. Hopefully, this will be the first of many sports mentoring programs that will be used to empower women and girls to their fullest potential.

To learn more about the power of mentoring, please contact us at the Over My Shoulder Foundation.