Each year since 1993, more than 200 St. Olaf College students have volunteered their time to mentor approximately 400 students in St. Olaf Educational Talent Search target schools. The Mentoring Program is sponsored by St. Olaf ETS and is supported by grants from the Travelers Foundation, The General Mills Foundation and the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation.
The Mentoring Program pairs St. Olaf students with ETS students. Student/Mentor pairs exchange letters in which mentors provide assistance with English compositions and access to a positive college student role model. Students and mentors meet each other three times during the year: 1) mentors visit their mentees’ school; 2) mentors and mentees meet at a neutral location such as the Science Museum of Minnesota; 3) mentees visit St. Olaf College. During the school and St. Olaf visits mentors and mentees tour each other’s campuses, attend classes together, share lunch, and participate in discussions. This mentoring relationship benefits mentors and mentees in the following ways: