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The Cal State LA Alumni Mentoring Program serves as a forum where current students and alumni receive firsthand insight and direction on educational options, goal setting, career choices, and networking opportunities. The program provides alumni with an opportunity to act as mentors and career consultants. With Mentors sharing their valuable experience, they are helping to shape and define a mentee's professional future.

The goal of the program is to foster effective and beneficial partnerships between students and alumni. The mentor and mentee relationship will be based on networking and information sharing through group setting and online communication.



Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one person shares knowledge, skills, information and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of someone else. We all have a need for insight that is outside of our normal life and educational experience. The power of mentoring is that it creates a one-of-a-kind opportunity for collaboration, goal achievement and problem-solving (College of Mass Communications and Information Studies Alumni Society, Mentoring Program Manual.

"Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction." - John C. Crosby


A mentor facilitates personal and professional growth in an individual by sharing the knowledge and insights that have been learned through the years (U.S. Department of Transportation, Departmental Office of Human Resource Management, Mentoring Handbook, p2,

  • Teacher - share your knowledge and experience as a former Cal State L.A. student.
  • Problem solver - refer mentees to resources and offer options.
  • Motivator - when mentee is facing a challenging class, for example: This is done through encouragement, support, and incentives.
  • Coach - help mentee to overcome performance difficulties through positive feedback (reinforce behavior) and constructive feedback (change behavior).
  • Guide - help mentee to set realistic goals. Five goal setting factors: specific, time-framed, results oriented, relevant, and reachable. "If you donít know where you are going, you wonít know how to get there."


A mentee is an achiever - "groomed" for advancement by being provided opportunities to excel beyond the limits of his or her position (U.S. Department of Transportation, Departmental Office of Human Resource Management, Mentoring Handbook, p3,

  • Learner - strong desire to learn new skills and abilities.
  • Decision maker - take charge of your education.
  • Initiator - mentee is willing to explore challenges on their own initiative.
  • Risk taker - "If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate," quote by Thomas Watson, Sr., founder of IBM.
  • Goal setter - if you know where you are going, people are willing to help guide you.

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For more information, contact the Alumni Association at (323) 343-ALUM (2586) or email at