Now that we know what the purpose of a mentor program is, the roles and responsibilities of a mentor and the different skill sets of a mentor, it is time to discuss how the mentoring process will play out in the member experience as it relates to the True PIKE Experience. As you know, the True PIKE Experience is a progression-based member development program where members progress through the new member, brother leader, fraternity leader, and community leader phases before graduating. It is important to focus on specific areas of mentoring that fraternity and community leaders (juniors and seniors) will execute with their new member and brother leader (freshmen and sophomores) mentees. To aid the mentors, utilize the True PIKE Experience Mentor/Mentee Guidebook, or journal, created to help facilitate the mentoring process. In the following sections, we’ll outline the mentoring process for the new member and brother leader phases and how to incorporate the guidebook as a mentor.
Mentoring – Utilizing the True PIKE Experience Guidebook with Your Mentee
To effectively mentor someone, there needs to be some form of documentation to help mentees measure and evaluate their growth. To help in this endeavor, we developed a Mentor/Mentee guidebook created for all members going through the True PIKE Experience which can be found in a member’s myPIKE portal, specifically in the Resource Center. This guidebook should be given to each new member during new member orientation at the outset of the new member education process.
At the beginning of the guidebook, it will walk mentees through how to utilize the guidebook, how to work with their mentor, what the role of the member development cabinet is in the mentoring process, how to set goals and documenting personal reflection.
In order to make things actionable for members going through the True PIKE Experience, the guidebook contains the following sections that the mentee will be responsible for completing with the guidance of his mentor:
The phase objectives depend on the mentee’s phase in the True PIKE Experience. These are pre-set in the mentee’s guidebook, and simply state the overarching purpose of the phase.
The phase commitments have been built and designed around Pi Kappa Alpha’s True Pike Commitment ideals: To Myself, To My Brothers, To My Fraternity, and To My Community, with the goal of establishing metrics for members who strive to be True Pikes. Within those four categories of the True Pike ideals, there have been sub-categories created for each section to highlight each of the statements in the True Pike, and to help quantify and qualify those commitments for members to easily digest and set the trajectory for what it is a member should be accomplishing during his time in the chapter, and his journey through the True PIKE Experience.
The phase goals section is meant for the mentee to establish personal goals as it relates to his time as an undergraduate and journey through the True PIKE Experience. These goals can be anything that he is striving to accomplish personally on his own, within the True PIKE Experience, on campus, academically, or any combination of those.
Phase Personal Reflection
The phase personal reflection section is intended for the mentee to reflect on his journey through each phase of the True PIKE Experience and journal about it along the way in his guidebook. His reflection writing will be dependent on his initiative to journal his experiences.
The phase benchmarks are a pre-determined question set meant to incite thought by the mentee, where he’ll identify his expectations, his growth, along with other thought-provoking questions for each phase of the True PIKE Experience. The benchmarks are organized for the mentee to reflect on those components at different points in each phase.
In your mentor/mentee meetings, the mentor should review how the mentee is performing regarding his objectives, commitments, goals, personal reflection (if the mentee allows it considering that those may be personal), and benchmarks. The Phases of Mentoring section of the blog will dive into the specifics of how the mentor will engage with his mentee in each phase. Keep in mind that these are the actionable components of mentoring. For the relationship to truly develop, time must be spent outside of designated mentor/mentee meetings.
This is part seven of 10 in the mentor blog series. Be sure to check out the Mentoring a New Member 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. Teixeira
Director of Membership Development