Big Brothers Big Sisters is launching a new mentoring program, mentor2.0, currently working to place mentors with ninth grade students at South Valley Academy. The goal is to match every incoming freshman at the school with a mentor.

Mentor2.0 is a twist on the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters programs, as it involves mentoring exclusively via email. Mentors receive a new email topic from their student once a week, and can respond whenever convenient. Emails are monitored by BBBS employees or classroom teachers to ensure safety. In addition, mentors and students meet face-to-face for two hours, once every four-to-six weeks, for a structured group visit or activity.

In order to be eligible as a mentor, you must be at least 21 years of age, have a college degree, or be a high school graduate with professional experience, have access to the internet and provide two hours, every four-to-six weeks, to meet with your student.

Faculty members or exempt staff members interested in the program are invited to visit the program's website at mentor2.0 and complete the UNM interest form. Return form to LaTrenia McDaniel, the UNM liaison for mentor2.0, by emailing to, by fax at 277-5544 or internal mail at MSC05 3345.