A Students Mentor facilitates the overall conference experience for a group of eight students ages 15-20 at The Academy, and leads that group in up to five three-hour discussions of a philosophical text.
Mentors are the primary agents of student transformation at The Academy. By word and example, they call students into a life of thoughtfulness, virtue, service, and love characteristic of Christian adults.
Mentoring is an on-site residential job that includes room and board. Mentors accompany their small groups all day, every day (twelve hours or more each day) throughout The Academy week. providing insight, questions, wonder, love, and joy, and provoking students to seek goodness, truth, and beauty.
Mentors are excellent discussion leaders. They capably sustain discussions for three hours or more without using the discussions for didactic or manipulative purposes. Rather, Mentors practice hospitality and liberation to help students be who they are, say what they think, love one another, and talk about the same things while they seek a single, unknown truth together.
Mentors enjoy humbly engaging with a wide variety of topics, experiences, and cultural or natural artifacts. They easily and attractively relate with people of various personalities and temperaments. They quickly recognize others' fears, hopes, and feelings. Christianity has clearly shaped their imagination, vocabulary, and practice, and they model this for students. They respond to unexpected changes with flexibility and grace.
- Personally connecting with and involving each student in the conference experience
- Facilitating 3-hour Socratic-style discussions, for a total of at least 12 hours throughout the conference
- Solving issues of group cohesion and conflict
- Taking every opportunity to dialogue with students around scheduled programs
- Chaperoning students to and from scheduled programs and in the dorms when on night duty
- Exhibiting model maturity, wisdom, and sensitivity with each student
- Recognizing personal limitations and requesting help when needed
- Helping other staff members
- Acting as a liaison for conference managers, reporting the progress and needs of each student
Term of Contract
This contract is for employment as a Students Mentor at The Academy 2015 at either Houston Baptist University (July 5-11) or Biola University (July 19-25). Employment begins at hire, includes individual preparation hours in the months before The Academy, and ends with the fulfillment of duties at the following events:
- Staff Training: two, all-day seminars. Date & Location TBD.
- Conference Week: working responsibilities start at 12:00pm on Sunday, and conclude at 12:00pm on Saturday.
- Staff Debriefing: a 1-2 hour review conducted either in-person or online and scheduled within two weeks of the conference at the earliest convenience of the Wheatstone office staff.
Mentors are also invited to attend the conference staff after-party, though attendance is not required.
If you have submitted a General Application for Wheatstone before and do not want to update it, continue to step two.
March 6 - Hiring begins.
March 31 - Application deadline. Applications submitted after March 31st will not be considered.
March 15 - April 18 - Wheatstone conducts interviews for select applicants.
April 21 - All interviewed applicants are notified of their hiring status.
Students Mentors must have completed an undergraduate degree and must be under 30 years old. Individuals who have received a terminal (doctoral-level) degree are no longer eligible.
Wheatstone Ministries seeks exemplary Mentor applicants.
- Committed to the Christian faith (See beliefs) and regularly attending a Christian church
- Experienced and confident in leading open-ended, idea-driven small group discussions
- Reputation among peers and employers or faculty members for charity and professionalism
- Capable of producing a positive first impression with high school students
- Willingness and capacity to endure long working days
- Bachelor's degree, completed by the time of the conference
- Exemplary performance in an undergraduate honors program, or other awards and recognitions
- Exemplary performance in a professional field or graduate program
- Experience leading, instructing, or working with young adult students
- Mentor Intern experience at a previous Academy conference
Mentors receive room and board during The Academy week and are compensated $700 for their services, payable at the conclusion of the conference.