A signature feature of The Riordan Programs is the mentoring component. For the past 26 years, UCLA Anderson MBA students have served as mentors to the Riordan Scholars. The program connects accomplished MBA students with diverse and talented high school students. The cross-cultural element creates meaningful learning experiences, not only for the Riordan Scholars but also for the mentors. UCLA Anderson mentors meet with their mentees once a month during lunch to discuss the prospect of higher education, professional endeavors and life lessons.
In 2006, The Riordan Programs piloted the "One-to-Many Mentor Program" (OTM), which allowed alumni of our programs to mentor current Riordan Scholars. This year the program was expanded in scope and curriculum by opening the mentor opportunity to current Riordan Fellows and increasing the number of training classes. OTM mentors attend monthly training classes before meeting with their mentee. Each mentor assists their mentee with academic, career, and personal development.
"Working as a mentor has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had as a Riordan Fellow. The opportunity to work with such inspiring, motivated and articulate young individulas is an experience I will always hold close to my heart. Helping my mentee create and implement a college action plan has also taught me the power to influence and now I am heavily vested in his success. I can only hope others get the opportunity to help steer someone's life in a positive direction and prepare these young leaders of today with the toolkit of skills to tackle the challenges of tomorrow. "
Riordan Fellow, 2008