Mentor Students

Lead by Example

As a ProStart® mentor, you will play different roles at different times, according to your student employee’s needs. Mentors help students make the connection between their present performance and their future career.

Benefits of Being a Mentor

As a mentor, both you and your company can benefit.

Personal Benefits

  • Play an important role in a student’s life
  • Contribute to the future of the restaurant and foodservice industry
  • Improve your supervisory and management skills
  • Explore new ways of looking at your job and operations

Company Benefits

  • Gain motivated student employees who are focused on the industry as a career
  • Groom potential employees by creating a rewarding work experience
  • Launch a career-long connection with future employees and customers
  • Contribute to the industry by helping create a high-quality labor pool

Mentor’s Impact

Mentors provide overall support for student competency and character development in the following ways:

  • Educator — instructs students in technical and soft skills.
  • Supervisor — gives direction. Shows students how they fit into the needs of the organization.
  • Coach — provides motivation and information to help students meet performance expectations. Gives ongoing feedback and encouragement.
  • Counselor — helps students work through problems or attitudes that affect job performance.
  • Role Model — leads by example. Helps students develop effective professional skills and habits.

Become a Mentor

To become a mentor, contact your state restaurant association ProStart coordinator.