Mentor-Mentee Activity Ideas
Here's a growing list of different low-or no cost activities that our mentors and mentees have enjoyed in the past. We also send all mentors a bi-monthly e-newsletter with event ideas from across the region.
Cultural venues are great to explore with your Scholar. They foster conversation, and help them to step outside of themselves. We are lucky to be surrounded by many fine art and history museums within an hour's drive. Consider a visit to the New York State Museum, Albany Institute of History and Art, or travel further afield to Mass MoCA, the Clark Institute of Art, Art at Omi, the Saratoga Auto Museum or other places.
Scholars and mentors also go to local performances at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Proctor's, Park Playhouse, Capital Repertory Theater, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Albany Symphony. We can assist with free or discounted tickets to certain performances, and local libraries offer free museum passes!
Sponsor-A-Scholar organizes at least three volunteer events for Scholars and mentors each year. But don't stop there! You can help your Scholar to learn the value of giving back by volunteering together on your own. In the past, Scholars and mentors have assisted with charity walks and events, served meals at a local church soup kitchen and volunteered at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
Goals and Dreams
Help your Scholar connect with people in professional fields that connect to their academic and career interests. It doesn't have to be a formal affair like a job shadow (though those are great too!) Arrange to meet with a friend or colleague for coffee or lunch and help your student come up with a short list of informational interview questions beforehand.
Sports and Fitness
Some of our Scholars (and mentors!) love to be active. Taking part in a charity race, hiking, biking, doing free outdoor yoga or rock climbing can be great bonding activities. Trying something new together can be a wonderful way for your student to learn the benefits of moving beyond his or her comfort zone.
Fun and Games
It's important to enjoy your time together! Grab a slice of pizza, watch a basketball or baseball game, go bowling or visit a local arcade. Visit a local fair or festival! Sometimes these casual get togethers will help you build the strongest bonds.