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Mentorship Program

Become a Mentee and receive help and guidance in your field of study!

San Francisco

Loong Kong Youth Group



What is the Loong Kong Youth Group?

The Loong Kong Youth Group (LKYG) is part of the

Loong Kong Tin Yee Association, located at 924

Grant Avenue, 4th floor, San Francisco, CA 94108.

The Youth Group consists mainly of a young mix of

members ranging from youngsters to college students

and beyond with the surnames of Lew, Quan, Jung,

and Chew (including variations of the spellings of the

surnames, such as Liu, Kwan, Cheung, Chiu, etc).

The Youth Group was originally formed in 1981 to

cater to the needs and activities of the offspring of the

elders of the Association and to perpetuate their

heritage through successive generations of new

youthful members.

What is the LKYG Mentorship Program?

The LKYG Mentorship Program is designed to

connect youth group members (those entering

high school or college) with mentors (youth

group members who are college graduates and

professionals) in a one year mentoring

relationship. The LKYG Mentorship Program

assists the youth group member in successfully

matriculating through high school and/or


Mentees: High school students and college


Mentors: College undergraduates, graduates,

and professionals.

The LKYG Mentorship Program provides a

positive one-on-one mentoring

relationship between mentees and

mentors in areas that focus on:

1. Personal, cultural, academic and daily life


2. Career planning, networking, advising and


The LKYG Mentorship Programs objectives


1. To recruit and effectively match youth group

members (participants) with LKYG mentors

in a mentoring relationship.

2. To establish positive individual mentoring

relationships between mentor and mentees,

so that program participants can recall their

experience as significant to their experiences

in college.

3. To prepare youth group members for a

successful graduation and life beyond


4. To develop activities and events that assist

in facilitating the relationship among all

participants while exploring topics of

interests and issues of concern in a safe and

comfortable environment.

5. To increase participants knowledge of high

school/graduate/professional schools as well

as professional life and career settings.

What is a mentor?

The word "Mentor" comes from the Greek

language and has it roots in the terms "steadfast"

and "enduring." The term originates from

Homers epic The Odyssey, in which Ulysses is

getting ready to fight the Trojan War and

realizes that he must leave behind his heir,

Telemachus. Ulysses recognizes that he would

not be around to coach and teach Telemachus

and that he must get someone to complete

Telemachus education. He chooses his trusted

friend named Mentor to be the tutor because

Mentor is both wise and sensitive. The term

mentor has become synonymous in Western

thought with one who is a teacher, a guide, and a

friend, typically a wise and experienced person

helping a younger one with the transition to


Mentors are helpers. They do not, however,

guarantee success. Mentors play contradictory

roles - at times offering friendship and support,

while at other times posing tough challenges and

sharing critical insights. To be productive, this

delicate balance requires a reciprocal, trusting

relationship. This relationship takes time to

achieve and is rare, but when it occurs, it is the

third most powerful personal relationship

influencing human behavior (after family and

love relationships). The relationship between the

protégé and mentor changes over time and, in

fact, the roles of mentor and protégé may reverse

at times over the course of their involvement.

What is "Mentoring?"

"Mentoring" (Cornell University, Cornell

Alumni Association. 1997) refers to a

recognized set of behaviors that people practice

to achieve success through a relationship with a

more experienced facilitator, coach, or guide. It

is based on the well documented phenomenon

that people who are just starting out need three

things to succeed: a dream (goal, vision, plan),

determination (ambition, perseverance, ability),

and someone who believes in them and can help

them shape their dream into reality.

"The two types of mentoring are natural

mentoring and planned mentoring. Natural

mentoring occurs through friendship,

collegiality, teaching, coaching, and counseling.

In contrast, planned mentoring occurs through

structured programs in which mentors and

participants are selected and matched through

formal processes"

What does a mentor do?

Mentors provide guidance on a variety of issues,

such as personal development, academic

planning and preparation, graduate school

options and opportunities, and career choices.

By sharing personal experiences with the

mentees they serve, experiences that contributed

to their own successful graduation from college,

mentors will directly contribute to a mentees

personal and professional development, as well

as offer a source of support.

Program Flexibility

The LKYG Mentorship Program is designed to

cater to the needs of both its mentors and

mentees. Mentors have the option of choosing to

contribute as much time as they desire to the

mentee and the program. Mentors also do not

need to live in the Bay area to participate.

Mentees are allowed to select their own mentor.

They also communicate with their mentor as

much or as little as they wish.

One-On-One Mentoring

The LKYG Mentorship Program is founded on

the principle that the best determinants of a

positive mentor-mentee relationship are, in fact,

the mentor and mentee involved; hence, the

most beneficial and satisfying aspect of the

program comes from the one-on-one relationship

that the mentor and mentee develop for

themselves. Communication between the mentor

and mentee can be in the form of direct mail,

email, phone calls, meetings, or LKYG events

(Annual Picnic, Ice Cream Socials, Movie

Nights, Cultural Field Trips, etc). The LKYG

Mentorship Program tries to facilitate

communication and contact by planning

activities for mentors and mentees to participate

in together.

Matching Process

The matching process is designed so that

mentees select their own mentors based on the

profiles that potential mentors have completed.

This promotes the best possible experience

within the Mentorship Program. Mentees are

the best judges of their preferences and needs.

In addition, mentees can feel more responsible

for their relationship with their mentor and more

involved with the program.

The LKYG Mentors complete a Mentor

Registration/Biography, which asks for

information intended to familiarize mentees with

the academic, career, and personal interests of

that mentor. In addition, mentors indicate their

reasons for becoming a mentor, and the type of

services they are able to provide. Mentees

review those biographies (through profiles on

the LKYG website or from the mentor binders

available at LKYG mentorship events) and

select three possible choices for their mentor,

ranking them in order of preference. The LKYG

Mentorship Program staff confirms their match,

and sends a copy of the Mentor Registration/

Biography form to the mentee. The mentor will

also receive a copy of the mentee profile that

was completed.

How do I become a mentee?

Becoming a mentee is very easy. Please fill out

the LKYG Mentee Application and submit it

to President Bovey Zhang.   You can also request

the application via email at  -- fill it out and

 submit it through email. For more information, contact  President

Bovey Zhang.


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