Mentoring on a Shoestring


As early as your Mentor Orientation, you learned that we do not want our Mentors to spend much money with a Scholar.  However, when you're trying to open up new cultural avenues for a Scholar it can be difficult.  Some Mentors choose to travel to museums with a Scholar, many pairs enjoy discovering new restaurants together, and professional sporting events are always popular, but many of these aren't the most cost-effective.

However, there are many free and low-cost opportunities to have fun with a Scholar while mentoring:


Check community calendar listings for unusual opportunities. A few easy places to start include:


  • Our very own Community Events and Match Meeting Ideas pages
  • The Mentor facebook page
  • NUVO: Indy’s Alternative Voice
  • Indianapolis Downtown Inc.
  • Your local gym, community center, art center's bulletin board


Keeping things low-key at your Scholar’s house or your house can also keep things low-budget. For example, develop and cook a budgeted, home-cooked meal. This teaches a lot of lessons about making a dollar stretch. You can learn something new together or teach each other something new. Scholars are always interested in sharing new music with anyone who will listen! And exercising is always an option, or you can do joined activities with another Starfish match.


Civic engagement is one of the core values we want to instill in our Scholars and a great way to have a meaningful experience on a budget.  Check out idealist.orgHelp Indy Online, and to start searching for the perfect Scholar-friendly service project.


Last but not least, anytime is a good time to teach gratitude etiquette. Proper and sincere etiquette is a sure-fire way for a Scholar to be positively noticed among peers and superiors - and doesn't cost a thing!

Don’t forget to post your own mentoring ideas on the Mentor page on Facebook!

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