Trans Peer Mentor Program: Frequently Asked Questions
DO I HAVE TO PAY TO BE A MENTEE? DO I GET PAID TO BE A MENTOR?
No participants will receive monetary compensation or charges.
WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT?
Mentees meet with their mentor once every 2 weeks. Mentors commit to these meetings, brief check-in’s with the coordinator, and monthly trainings.
WHEN ARE THE MENTOR TRAININGS?
They are every 2nd Saturday of the month, typically from 1-3pm. See calendar for updates.
WILL I BE PAIRED WITH A MENTOR/MENTEE RIGHT AWAY?
You will not be paired right away. You will be put on a waitlist and contacted when a mentor/mentee match is available.
WHO ARE THE MENTORS?
Mentors are volunteers who have experience negotiating life as a trans or gender diverse adult. It is this personal understanding that makes mentors particularly well suited to help others.
I AM A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL. CAN I REFER CLIENTS?
Yes! Please contact the mentorship coordinator (Aerin, email@example.com) and have your client complete an application (for either role).
IS THERE AN AGE REQUIREMENT?
Mentors must be over 18. There is a lenient age minimum of 12 for mentees. No age maximum for either role.
WHAT DO MENTORS AND MENTEES TYPICALLY DO TOGETHER?
Mentors and mentees discuss issues of interest to the mentee. Often discussions center on self-acceptance, coming out to friends or family, dating questions, religious conflicts, multiple identities (e.g. being trans and a person of color). They can also focus on academic or professional issues related to trans or queer identity. Mentors and mentees can also explore affirming resources together. Mentors and mentees may attend community events or workshops with guardian approval.
WHERE DO MENTORS AND MENTEES MEET?
Mentors and mentees will most often meet for coffee or lunch in public locations. Transportation, timing, and setting will be discussed amongst the coordinator, mentee, mentee guardian(s), and mentor.
ARE MEETINGS BETWEEN MENTORS AND MENTEES CONFIDENTIAL?
Mentors take very seriously the privacy of their mentees. Trust that the mentor will never disclose the nature or content of the mentor/mentee relationship without the mentee’s permission, unless what is shared requires mandated reporting. The mentors do, however, receive supervision and training from the coordinator and clinical psychologist. During these meetings, mentors provide support to one another by sharing ideas and resources.
HOW OFTEN DO MENTORS AND MENTEES MEET?
Mentors and mentees will meet once every two weeks for about an hour. Meetings are flexible in order to accommodate both mentors’ and mentees’ schedules.
HOW ARE MENTORS AND MENTEES PAIRED?
The coordinator pairs mentors and mentees based on shared identities and interests, in respect of special requests when possible.
WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE MY MENTOR?
The coordinator monitors check ins with both participants regularly. Though it is extremely rare, sometimes mentees are assigned to new mentors if the match is not working out. The coordinator facilitates this process and change. We want to ensure the mentee gets the support they need in a comfortable and safe environment.