As previously mentioned, mentoring is a journey and not a destination. Effectively building a mentor/mentee relationship takes some time. In this blog, I’ll outline this relationship and how it unfolds throughout time.
New Member & Brother Leader Mentor Relationship Timeline
Considering that a mentor/mentee relationship is going to take time to build, it is recommended that the mentor is a junior (fraternity leader) when he takes his freshman mentee (new member). By doing this, the mentor can guide his mentee all throughout his freshmen and sophomore years, while the mentor is going through his junior and senior years. By then, hopefully that mentee is ready to take on a role as a mentor when he becomes a junior (fraternity leader). The graphic below helps to illustrate this relationship timeline.
In the Mentoring – The True PIKE Experience section, it will outline the specifics of how the mentor interacts with the mentee throughout the mentee’s different developmental progression phases.
Fraternity Leader & Community Leader Mentor Relationship Timeline
As the mentee progresses through The True PIKE Experience, the undergraduate mentor/mentee relationship will end when the mentee becomes a fraternity leader (junior), where he is now ready to assume the role of a mentor. The reason this relationship will end is because his mentor may graduate, they may leave school, or the mentee may simply outgrow the mentor’s perspective. Whatever the case may be, and whenever this time may come, the mentee (now a fraternity leader) may choose to identify a new individual to offer advice and perspective during the remainder of their undergraduate journey through The True PIKE Experience as well gain career advice. This new mentor should be a leader in the chapter, campus, or community who serves to help guide and give feedback for the remainder of their time as an undergraduate and as they make plans for life beyond academic walls. This mentor can be a PIKE alumnus, a faculty member, a local community leader, someone with a similar major, or anyone else they hold in high esteem and from whom they choose to solicit guidance and support. The graphic below helps to illustrate this relationship timeline.
To help facilitate a mentor/mentee relationship with fraternity (junior) and community (senior) leaders in the chapter, the member development cabinet should coordinate with your alumni relations or campus involvement chairmen to help place fraternity and community leaders with alumnus or campus faculty mentors. As part of alumni relations programming as outlined in the Alumni Relations handbook, there should be an alumni mentor coordinator who is responsible for this component of mentoring.
*Note: It is not recommended that a brother leader (sophomore) assume a mentorship role. While in the brother leader phase, individuals are still being mentored, still acclimating to and learning about the Fraternity, and have yet to complete specific benchmarks as it relates to their commitments in the TPE. Additionally, you may find that a junior is joining the chapter as a new member or that the new member class has a few sophomores. In this case, be strategic about how and who you pair with them to be their mentor. For the junior, you may want to try to get him to find an alumnus mentor right from the start considering that he will fall into the fraternity leader phase following his initiation. As for the few sophomores, it may be wise to pair them with a senior regardless if that community leader already has an existing mentee relationship so that the senior can continue to mentor them following their initiation.
This is part five of 10 in the mentor blog series. Be sure to check out the Establishing Selection Criteria for a Mentor blog to continue your development as a mentor in your chapter.
To learn more about the Pi Kappa Alpha mentor program, be sure to look at the mentor program handbook and its accompanying resources located in the myPIKE Resource Center (myPIKE > Resource Center > Pi Kappa Alpha folder > Chapter Officer Resources folder > VP of Membership Development folder > Mentor Program folder).
Devon T. TeixeiraDirector of Membership Development