THX FAQs

The HeArt Exchange Mentor Program is designed to give your child an opportunity to have a one-on-one relationship with a local professional artist. Through these relationships, as well as recreational and group activities, mentors provide a creative and safe space for your child to express themeselves and grow personally and civically.

The HeArt Exchange Mentor Program is not a tutoring program. While sometimes pairs decide together to work on school work, this is not a requirement for the mentors. There are many other programs that focus on tutoring if you feel that your child needs academic support. The HeArt Exchange Mentor Program focuses on fostering a creative outlet that we believe benefits their confidence, criticial thinking, and their academic performance.

It is the responsibility of each mentor-mentee pair to decide on a transportation plan that will work for them. Please be aware that most mentors in the The HeArt Exchange Mentor Program do not have cars. If the mentor does have a car and is willing to drive your child, you will need to fill out a waiver form. If the mentor does not have a car and you cannot help with the transportation of your child, we often recommend that the mentor and mentee try to meet at a location that would be a midpoint and convenient for both. There is also a parent carpool list that parents can be placed on if they are interested in coordinating carpools to events with other parents whose children are in the program. Please contact us if you would like to be added and receive a copy of this roster.

Mentors are local artists from a variety of different backgrounds. They have been interviewed, trained, had their references checked, and carefully matched with youth. Mentors have a variety of motivations for getting involved with the program. However, all mentors want to be a positive role model in a child’s life using art.

Meetings will be at a day and time convenient to you, your child, and the mentor. We have HeArt Spots at various locations around the city for your child to meet your mentee. HeArt Spots are predetermined safe and creative spaces that range from art to performance studios. A HeArt Spot will be determined for the mentee and mentor during the matching process. Activities are determined by the artist mentor prior to each meeting.

The only events that are pre-arranged are monthly group outings.  You will be informed of these events by your child’s mentor the week prior to the event. The mentor and your child will inform you about their plans each week. If at any time you are uncomfortable with their plans, please let us know. Mentors will be sensitive to you parental concerns and will try to find an arrangement that is acceptable to you

Have your child call his or her mentor and reschedule the meeting to a time that is more convenient. Be sure to keep the phone numbers of the mentor handy so that you or your child can call them when needed. If you cannot reach the mentor, please contact The HeArt Exchange Program Director.

In the beginning, talk to the mentor about any rules or regulations that you expect to arise in his or her relationship with your child. If you have strict rules about curfew, activities in which your child may not participate, etc. then please discuss these with the mentor. By making this information known at the beginning, you can help avoid misunderstandings later.

Mentors and mentees always pay for their own expenses. If there is a cost for an activity, then you or your child will be responsible for the youth’s fair share. We provide the mentors with many low-cost or no-cost activity suggestions. As with any friend, mentors may treat your child occasionally, but it should not be expected on a regular basis.

Mentors and mentees always pay for their own expenses. If there is a cost for an activity, then you or your child will be responsible for the youth’s fair share. We provide the mentors with many low-cost or no-cost activity suggestions. As with any friend, mentors may treat your child occasionally, but it should not be expected on a regular basis.

Get to know the mentor well enough to feel comfortable with him or her being with you child. Before each meeting, discuss the plans and times for returning home. Try talking directly to the mentor about your concerns, but please avoid talking to the mentor about your child in front of your child. If there is something the mentor should really know, then call them when your child is not around.

Please feel free to contact The HeArt Exchange Program Director. They are here to make the mentor Program work for students, mentors, and parents. The director will call you several times during the school year to see how things are going. But don’t wait for them to call! We would like to know about anything that concerns you as soon as possible.