OLLI Mentors

The purpose of this site is to help you to find a mentor in the Chico, CA area. You may review the mentor profiles to help find a mentor that you feel may be appropriate for you.

Why find a mentor? You benefit from developing career and life skills. Students get mentored by folks that have been there and can pass along lessons learned from their successes and failures. You benefit from the invaluable experience of sharing with good listeners.

Next step? Review and compare the mentor profiles. Contact the ones that you are interested in via email or phone and interview them. Once you pare it down to one candidate, meet with that person to see if the chemistry is right. Remember this is a mutual relationship. Both sides must want to proceed.

is there a commitment? We suggest a mutual commitment of a semester. You could meet once a moth, every two weeks or weekly. Some mentoring could be done over the phone if meeting is not convenient. At the end of the semester, you both decide where you go from there.

What if it doesn’t work out? That happens sometime. If it occurs, it’s important to deal with it directly. Have a frank discussion. Not every partnership works out. Perhaps a new relationship would be best.

What is OLLI? Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSU, Chico is an educational program for lifelong learners age 50 and better who are eager to explore traditional and new areas of knowledge. For 25 years, lifelong learners have joined together at CSU to enjoy a wide range of intellectual, cultural, social, and recreational activities. There are 119 such chapters associated with major universities across the United States.

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