Criteria for eligibility--Full-time student status--Good academic standing and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0--Good disciplinary standing--Interest in and enthusiasm for developing relationships with local youth--Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of team members--Meet application deadline of September 7, 2017.--Available to attend Arts Mentors Retreat on September 17, 2017. --Grant permission for the Associate Dean of Students to access, print and share with the selection committee transcript and disciplinary records for the purpose of application review.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION AND EXPECTATIONSThe Arts Mentors program pairs UVA students with underserved children from the local community to develop friendships and provide exposure to the many forms of fine and performing arts available in Charlottesville and the surrounding area. The program is a partnership with the City of Promise; a community-based effort focused on improving outcomes for children living in the Westhaven, Starr Hill and 10th and Page neighborhoods. The kids who participate are 3rd through 9th graders from Burnley-Moran and Walker schools who have been nominated for the program by their teachers, principals, or by City of Promise staff. Each month we will visit a different arts event and share a meal, giving mentor groups an opportunity to get to know one another and experience (and sometimes even make) art together. Bonnie Gordon, Associate Professor of Music, is the artistic director of the program. Logistics will be coordinated by the Office of the Dean of Students-Public Service office. Costs for all events and meals are included in the program.
UVA student mentors will:--Get to know young people from the local community in a structured and fun environment--Attend a diverse set of arts events --Make connections with faculty and staff who are active in the local community --Make connections with other students interested in making a difference--Socialize and share meals with other program participants
UVA students can expect to learn:--Learn about the Charlottesville community--Learn how to connect with young people--Get exposure to a variety of artistic mediums --Gain leadership and mentoring skills
Mentors will be required to attend three to four events each semester (roughly three hours each). We will share events dates and details as soon as they become available. Before each event, mentors will be expected to attended and participate in a mentors only meetings. At these meetings, the program directors and staff will lead discussions on a topic pertinent to your work as mentors, brief you on the upcoming event, and give you the opportunity to ask questions.
We may also have additional speakers, check-ins, and training throughout the year. Dates and times for these developments will be provided when they become available, and mentors will be strongly encouraged to attend.
In the past, we have participated in the Virginia Film Festival, visited the Kluge-Ruhe Museum and made ink prints, created sculptures at the McGuffey Art Center, viewed a photography exhibit at the Jefferson School and African American Heritage Center, and more!
Again, mentors are required to attend all scheduled events, including training. Developing supportive relationships between mentors and mentees is one of the primary goals of this program. There is also research that indicates that intermittent or prematurely shortened mentoring relationships can do harm to the youth involved. We expect mentors to make this program a priority. Inconsistent attendance may lead to your dismissal from the program.