The Role of an ABF Mentor

At ABF, the role of a mentor is an integral part of a girl's grant experience. Before applying, she must self-identify a mentor who will help her navigate the online grant application process, who will support her throughout her grant activity, and who will be a resource for her as she continues on in her future. 

The role of a mentor is multi-faceted, may be formal or informal, and may change or evolve as the needs of the mentee change. A mentor can be a role model, coach, sounding board, voice of reason, emotional support, counselor, and a trusted resource.

What does a mentor do?

  • Share knowledge and life experiences
  • Provide guidance, advice, support
  • Offer encouragement
  • Be open and honest
  • Discuss goal setting
  • Identify resources
  • Help to develop leadership skills
  • Advise on personal and professional development

Why Mentor?

  • Mentoring guarantees young people that someone genuinely cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with challenges, and makes them feel like they matter.
  • Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.
  • Mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity.

Application Guidelines for Mentors

Each application received will be screened by a representative from the Ann Bancroft Foundation (ABF) before going to committee to ensure that it is complete and valid.  Please read the entire application thoroughly to ensure that the grant fits your girl’s needs.  If you have any questions, please contact ABF at or 612.338.5752 ext 191.

Please make sure you are eligible:

  • You are not an immediate family member (parent, guardian, brother, sister, aunt, uncle).  Immediate family member is defined as: biological parent or individuals who act as parents to children who have been legally adopted, are foster children, stepchildren, or legal wards. 
  • You are not the activity provider, nor are you employed by the activity provider. You will not derive personal financial gain in any way from the activity provider.

Please be sure your mentee is eligible :

  • She is a resident of Minnesota (exchange students do not qualify).
  • She meets the age and grade guidelines for the program to which she is applying.
  • She has never received an Ann Bancroft Foundation grant previously.
  • She needs this grant support in order to realize her potential.

Your responsibilities as a mentor for an Ann Bancroft Foundation Grant Applicant are:

  • Guide your mentee during her path to completing her goals and obtaining her dreams.
  • Encourage your mentee to develop strength, a frame-of-mind, and self-confidence so she may become self-sufficient and independent.
  • Inspire her to reach her full potential and overcome her fears.
  • To oversee all aspects of the application process, making sure that the application is complete and questions thoughtfully answered.
  • The grant selection is based upon the girl’s answers as well as the mentor’s answers, so please make sure that both sections contain complete information and that the grant application is submitted online before the deadline.
  • To complete a post-activity follow-up survey and to ensure that your mentee also completes her post-activity follow-up survey.


Dates to Remember:

April 1 spring application deadline

May 20 —​​​​​​​ spring grant notification

October 1 —​​​​​​​ fall application deadline

November 20 —​​​​​​​ fall grant notification