Become a Mentor and Change a Life!

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Nevada Promise Scholarship Mentors

Mentors are an important part of the Nevada Promise Scholarship.  A strong support structure is key to helping students find success.

According to a 2011 study by the Institute of Higher Education Policy, mentoring for college students is a valuable strategy to provide students with the emotional and instrumental support they need to achieve the goal of a college degree.  Mentoring also helps students feel more connected and engaged on campus, ultimately improving the chances for success.

CSN is seeking mentors of all backgrounds, willing to give 3-5 hours each semester to guide the future of Nevada: our youth.  Mentors must be 21 years of age, willing to provide information to conduct a criminal history report, and able to participate in one mandatory online training session.

All who are willing to serve should apply to become a mentor!

Our goal is to make your mentoring journey a success, check out our Mentor Resources.

Qualities of a Nevada Promise Scholarship Mentor

  • Willing to serve
  • Eager to help shape Nevada’s future by guiding Nevada’s youth
  • Ready to share knowledge and expertise
  • Enthusiastic about working and helping young people grow as future professionals
  • Passionate about their work
  • Kind and ready to pass it on

Mentors are NOT responsible for:

  • Being academic advisors
  • Tutoring
  • Being financial aid or admission experts
  • Being a mentee’s best friend
  • Knowing all the answers

Steps to Become a Mentor

Complete the NV Promise Volunteer Mentor Application

  • In the application,  list how many students you would like to work with.
    • Mentors can work with up to 10 students.
  • A confirmation email will be sent upon submission of the volunteer mentor application.
    • The confirmation email will provide:
      • Mentor ID Number
      • Link to the online NV Promise Volunteer Mentor Training
  • The NV Promise office will work with the CSN Human Resources Office to initiate the required background check process.

For questions, please email or call 702.651.7500.

Complete the online mandatory mentor training as soon as possible
  • The online training link and mentor ID are provided in the volunteer mentor application confirmation email.
  • The training will take approximately 30-45 minutes.
    • There is no video for Module #3
A criminal history report will be conducted by CSN
  • Upon receipt of the volunteer mentor application, the NV Promise Office will provide CSN Human Resources with the information needed to initiate the background check process.
  • Expect an email from aInsight to begin the process.
    • The link provided in the email will expire and CSN HR will make up to 3 attempts to complete the process.

The online training and criminal history report must be completed to be assigned mentees. The CSN NV Promise office will communicate via email once the process is complete.

Mentor Pairing Mentors will be matched with one or more students.
  • Mentors will be matched with students based on the preferred number listed on the mentor application.
    • Some pairings will take place in the fall semester, most mentor pairings happen in the spring semester.
  • Once paired, the NV Promise office will provide student contact information via email.
    • If the student is a high school applicant, the listed parent's name and email will be provided as well.
  • The Nevada Promise Scholarship office will match students with mentors once students have completed the March 1 deadline requirements, report at least four hours of community service, and submit the Mentoring Support Authorization Form.
Meet with the mentee once per semester, until the mentee graduates from CSN.
  • Schedule a meeting with your assigned students.
    • One meeting is required once per semester to maintain eligibility.
  • Mentors who have more than one student can meet as a group.
  • You and the student select the date, time, and method (in-person, online, phone, email) of the meeting.
  • Complete and report the mentor meeting(s) by the expected deadline.
  • Suggestions will be provided about information to share with your students.

Expectations & Deadlines

  • Students are advised that it is their responsibility to initiate communication with their mentor.
  • If the student(s) is a high school senior, you must meet once by July 1.
  • If the student(s) is enrolled at CSN, meet once per semester.
    • Fall meeting by January 1
    • Spring meeting by July 1
  • Guide students through the Nevada Promise Scholarship requirements and be part of their support system.
    • Remind students of deadlines.
    • Ask if students know when to register for classes.
    • Share information about CSN resources.

Report your student mentor meeting each semester using the Mentor Response Form.

  • Mentors must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Mentors cannot be the employers of their mentee.
  • Mentors cannot be related to their mentee.
  • Mentors cannot be compensated to mentor. CSN employees are eligible to be mentors but must not receive additional compensation for serving as mentors.
  • Each mentor must be willing to provide all the information needed to obtain a criminal history report.
  • Individuals are not eligible to become mentors if they have entered a plea of guilty, nolo contendere plea, guilty or non-guilty but mentally ill, or been convicted of, in this state or any other jurisdiction, of a felony.