The BPIE Volunteer Resources page is a source for online tools that can provide additional support and help you build skills to maximize your mentoring experience. Whether you’re looking to provide your mentee with additional material during your sessions, learn new strategies and approaches to supporting students in the classroom, or simply review school concepts, you can find the specific materials you need to prepare below.
- Khan Academy – STEM Lesson videos and supplemental practice.
- IXL Math – Interactive math activities for all grade levels.
- Math Portal – Math lessons and practice tests.
- Edutopia – Tips to Support English-Language Learners.
- Adolescent Literacy – ELA resources for grades 4-12.
- PAPER – Unlimited, 24/7, personalized learning help via live chat with an expert tutor. Paper’s expert tutors provide homework help, writing feedback, and study support for every subject, at every level.
- National Science Foundation – Resources for lesson plans and at-home activities.
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
- Mentor/Mentee Activity Guide – A compilation of virtual activities for mentor/mentee matches, suggested by AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring.
- Understood – Social Emotional Learning: What to know.
- Edutopia – Supporting identities and experiences: Creating an identity-safe classroom.
- MENTOR – Trauma informed mentoring: Supporting youth in the wake of trauma.
- Becoming a Better Mentor – Strategies to Be There for Young People from MENTOR.
BPIE Mentoring Handbooks
Our comprehensive guide to becoming a mentor through all of our core programs. Each handbook includes information about your role as a mentor, tips for working with students, academic resources, and practice scenarios.
- Accelerate Program Handbook – Resources and tips on becoming an Accelerate mentor to students in grades K-8.
- Aim High Program Handbook – Resources and tips on becoming an Aim High mentor to students in grades 9-12.
- Independent Learning Support Program Handbook – Resources and tips on becoming a remote mentor to students through our online ILS program.
- Motivate Program Handbook – Resources and tips on becoming a Motivate mentor and supporting a whole class of students.
BPIE Best Practices
- BPIE Best Practices, Working With Teachers – Best practices of mentors working with teachers.
- BPIE Best Practices, Building a Mentoring Relationship – Tips for building a mentoring relationship with students.
BPIE Training Materials
- In-Class Mentoring Training Guide – View the training slides used to support our core in-class mentoring programs during the BPIE virtual training.
- ILS Training Guide – View the Independent Learning Support (ILS) slides used to support online mentoring during the BPIE virtual training.
Upcoming Mentor Development Sessions
February 28 | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Mentor Development Session: Youth Mental Health & Resiliency
We invite you to attend our next Mentor Development Session: Meeting Students Where They Are – Youth Mental Health & Resiliency. This two-part training is designed to increase your awareness of common youth mental health struggles and the many opportunities you have to support their resilience in the face of these challenges.
This series will be led by guest facilitator Kat Castañeda. Kat has extensive experience as a Boston-based clinical social worker, coach, program developer, trainer and leader. She is passionate about partnering with youth in ways that make them feel whole, seen, authentically connected and capable of envisioning and living their desired lives.
When: Session 1: Tuesday, Feb. 28th, 2023 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Session 2: Monday, Mar. 13th, 2023 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM
(Please note: you will have to RSVP for both sessions individually. Even if you are unable to attend Part 1, you can still attend Part 2!)
Past Mentor Development Session Resources
JUL: Youth Mental Health & Well-Being Resources:
AUG: History of BPS Busing:
SEP: Mentoring Scenarios:
OCT: Finding The Right Materials:
NOV: Social Emotional Learning:
JAN: Panel – Impact of Academic Mentoring:
Mentor Development Sessions & Webinars
Panel: The Impact of Academic Mentoring
This special National Mentoring Month edition of our Mentor Development Sessions explores the benefits of academic mentoring, and how its effects extend beyond students to teachers, families, and mentors as well.
Understanding Students’ Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Needs
Watch a replay of our Mentor Development Session from November 16, 2022, featuring special guest Lucinda Mills – a licensed clinical social worker with the BPS Office of Social Work and one of the BPS 2021 Educator of the Year recipients.
A Holistic Approach to Student Learning
Watch a replay of our Mentor Development Session from December 13, 2021, featuring guest speakers Tina Kondopoulos and Gabby Hernandez from Northeastern University’s Peer Tutoring Program.