New York Alpha Mentoring Program

The Commitment:
Mentoring programs are an outstanding opportunity for students to develop their professional skills outside of the classroom and under the guidance of a professional in the community. Our program is also a great way for alumni to reconnect with the college, fraternity, and emerging professionals in their own fields, while at the same time providing alumni with the opportunity to return something to the fraternity in the process. Unfortunately, busy schedules and geographical barriers will not allow all interested alumni to participate to their fullest extent. Therefore, we have defined three types of interest and commitment levels to the mentoring program for you to consider.

Click here to download your mentor application form.

New York Alpha Revives Alumni-Active Mentor Program

The following article appeared in the August 2011 edition of the NYAlphan newsletter.

The goal of our big brother system is to create a lasting bond between ''big'' and ''little,'' strengthened by friendship and mentoring, that helps get our newest members through the struggles and demands of college and fraternity life. Many actives look to their lineages for guidance and support from time to time. But to whom do we turn when we commence and begin our careers?

As Cornell students, we are quite fortunate to have a large array of support programs, advising offices, and career centers to help us succeed in the professional world. Our alumni base is huge and wildly successful. We have so many resources at our disposal, but we don't have that big brother looking out for us in the real world; we don't have mentors.

Mentoring is somewhat of a lost art. We often compare universities with statistics like student to faculty ratios and job placement percentages when considering advising strengths and related aspects, but how many schools provide their students with true mentors? Faculty advising doesn't cut it. Mentoring is a shared experience of development for both the mentor and mentee. Its foundation relies on personal relationships, teaching by example rather than by lecture.

Few may realize the great potential mentors have for aiding the career development of college students. Mentoring is already abundant in fraternity life at NY Alpha. I consider some of my best friends to be mentors who have guided me through college and fraternity life, but as I approach graduation, I realize that I have no mentor guiding my career development. I hear the stories of our many successful alumni and have received career advice from a few, but is advice really all the alumni have to offer? Mentoring is what we now ask from our alumni. The actives-alumni board recognizes the great potential of our vast pool of qualified alumni and has decided to create the NY Alpha Mentoring Program. The program will involve a matching process to form mentoring relationships between interested alumni and as many actives as possible. As the accompanying mentor questionnaire describes, the relationships may be conducted through email and phone conversations, more face-to-face meetings, or through groups of alumni working with groups of actives. After the original matching, there will be little formality involved as the mentor guides and coaches the active through the job search process and first few years in the workforce to the best of their ability.

The NY Alpha alumni base has supported the Chapter for many years. Most will send an annual donation, which is certainly greatly appreciated, but we fear that money has become one of the few options alumni currently have for giving back to the House. I won't say that we are not asking for money any more, but please consider the enormous opportunity the mentoring program will create for alumni who want to be more involved. There is so much unrealized potential in this program, and we must capitalize on it. This is how we will strengthen our fraternity from within. This is how we gain alumni involvement and inspire the actives to be active. This is how we truly honor that familiar pledge to, ''counsel and guide [our] brothers.''

Please consider participating in the mentoring program. Contact me, Tom Alexander ('10)('13), via this downloadable form if you want to help.