ROSES:
Learning from Hmong traditions to develop character, preserve culture and achieve academic excellence

A Look Back at Becoming a Mentor

 

A Community Project
by the Association for Human Advancement and Development (AHAD)

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“Be thou a teacher of love, in a school of unity.”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, in “Bahá’í Education”, p. 24, no. 64

Mentors in the ROSES After School Mentoring Project volunteered 2 hours on Wednesdays during the school year to befriend and assist a student of Hmong heritage. Students came from elementary and middle schools of North Portland. Through the ROSES Project, students received support for their Hmong culture, encouragement to develop the virtues, and individual help with academic subjects.

Mentors themselves came from diverse national and ethnic backgrounds and ranged in age from 17 to 75. They may have been students themselves— juniors in high school, studying at a community college or attending a university. Some planned to enter the field of education or social service. Often mentors desired a supervised experience in working with children and youth of a different culture. Mentors also included retired or employed persons. They were literate in English and some spoke another language as well. Whatever their background, ROSES mentors cared very much about children.

Volunteers who were interested in becoming ROSES mentors:

  • Visited and observed 2 mentoring sessions
  • Completed an application and screening
  • Attended a Saturday morning training:
    • Hmong culture
    • Virtue development
    • Coaching reading
    • Helping with homework
  • Signed an agreement
  • Received ongoing training during sessions
“In the garden of thy heart, plant naught but the rose of love...”

52 virtues from The Virtues Guide

Assertiveness
Caring
Cleanliness
Compassion
Confidence
Consideration
Courage
Courtesy
Creativity
Detachment
Determination
Enthusiasm
Excellence
Faithfulness
Flexibility
Forgiveness
Friendliness
Generosity
Gentleness
Helpfulness
Honesty
Honor
Humility
Idealism
Joyfulness
Justice
Love
Loyalty
Mercy
Moderation
Modesty
Obedience
Orderliness
Patience
Peacefulness
Prayerfulness
Purposefulness
Reliability
Respect
Responsibility
Reverence
Self-discipline
Service
Steadfastness
Tact
Thankfulness
Tolerance
Trust
Trustworthiness
Truthfulness
Unity