This accessible guide offers school leaders a wealth of strategies to foster a culture where educators engage with young people to encourage college readiness and career success. Based in research and best practices, Mentoring is a Verb explains how to build effective mentoring programs as well as encourage educators to individually mentor students. Olwell breaks down the key elements it takes to forge lasting relationships with students and addresses ways to connect to at-risk students. Packed with actionable steps, this book gives you the tools to help your students set high expectations and goals, recognize and address barriers to success, plan for the future, and reach their post-graduation aspirations.

chapter 1|6 pages


Mentoring Young People towards Post-Secondary Success

part 1|54 pages

What Is Mentoring?

chapter 3|7 pages

What Mentoring Can and Cannot Do

chapter 5|8 pages

Barriers and Limits to Mentoring

chapter 6|9 pages

Starting at “Ground Zero”

The Issues Young Men Face

chapter 7|10 pages

“You Gotta Push”

Mentoring Young Women to Success

part 2|19 pages

Becoming a Mentor

chapter 8|4 pages

Setting and Keeping High Expectations

chapter 9|6 pages

Asking Questions to Clarify Goals

chapter 10|7 pages

Connecting to Parents and Guardians

part 3|38 pages

Basics of Post-Secondary Success

chapter 11|7 pages

Mapping Out a Plan with a Mentee

chapter 12|4 pages

Exposure to College Options and Choices

chapter 13|9 pages

Nuts and Bolts of College Application

chapter 14|8 pages

College Aspirations and Affordability

Young People and Financial Aid

part 4|13 pages

Mentoring over the Long Haul

chapter 16|6 pages

Hang in There!

Mentoring Through Crises in Young People's Lives

chapter 17|5 pages

When Mentoring Relationships Change

part 5|21 pages

Building Sustainable Programs

chapter 18|7 pages

How to Know You Are Making a Difference

chapter 19|5 pages

Get the Word Out!

Marketing Mentoring Programs

chapter 20|5 pages

Finding Resources for Mentoring Programs