Mentor Team Toolkit


Don’t get overwhelmed! You’ve already made a difference by signing up to be a mentor with Adopt A Class. We are here to help you every step of the way.

First and foremost, please sign our Safety & Security Agreement in our Mentor Portal. Our Mentor Portal assists mentors with team management and improves the visibility of other teams at your company. Reminder: All mentors must sign this agreement before entering the classroom!

Need help? Unsure where to begin? Click HERE for step-by-step instructions on how to create your account in our Mentor Portal.

Teacher Communication:

  • Follow Their Lead: Find out the best way to communicate with your teacher and use that mode of communication.
  • Be Consistent: Set a routine visit time if possible (i.e. second Thursday of every month). Teachers have many moving parts. The more we can provide consistency and predictability, the better – for teachers AND students!
  • Fill the Need: Share your overall plan with the teacher at the beginning of the year and ask if s/he has specific areas where you can enhance their classroom curriculum. Meeting the students where they are developmentally and socially is also important. Your teacher is your biggest resource here.
  • Team Communication:

  • Time Blocking: Schedule classroom visits as meetings on your calendar and invite your team members.Please consider your AAC liaison as a part of your team! Add us to calendar invites, email communication, etc. We try to make as many visits as possible and love to feature our mentor teams across our social media channels.
  • Plan Ahead: Have a planning meeting with your team between visits, to discuss your planned lesson, and to delegate responsibilities. Activities will flow better if your team knows the plan.
  • Classroom Management:

  • Learn the Rules: Observe how your teacher gets students to quiet down and model the teacher.
  • Work in Small Groups: Use the icebreaker to explain the lesson or activity for the day. Then, break into groups of 3-4. Small groups are easier to manage, students participate more freely, and you will learn more from them as individuals.
  • Safety: Your teacher should always be in the classroom while you are mentoring. You should never be alone in the classroom without a teacher or school representative present.
  • Classroom Activities:

  • Lesson Plans: Create your own lesson plans based on ideas from your company or download activities from our website at
  • Log Visits: Please log each visit at Not only does this help us document and quantify our impact, it also helps us when applying for grants so we can reach more classrooms and students. At the end of the school year, this data is used to create Impact Reports that you can use to promote the great work you’ve done in your community!
  • Classroom Visit 101:

      First 10 minutes – Introduction & Icebreaker
  • Introduce yourself and any new mentors​.
  • Conduct a fun icebreaker to get students excited, focused, and involved​.
    • 30 to 40 minutes – Activity​
  • Set up included in this timeframe! Easy setup and cleanup makes for a more enjoyable visit for everyone​.
  • Small groups is best, remember the 1 mentor to 4 student ratio!​
  • You can focus your activity around College & Career Pathways, Essential Employability Skills, STE(A)M​, and/or life skills.
    • 10 to 15 minutes – Snack & Wrap Up Your Visit​
  • If not already established, the Team Lead will connect with teacher to decide when next visit is.​
  • Lastly, make sure to log your mentoring session!
    • Check out our Classroom Visit 101 video for step-by-step instructions of how to conduct a successful classroom visit.


    Field Trips that demonstrate to students what you do as organization or business are an important part of the AAC experience. They expand the student’s perspective on what a workplace can look like and the types of skills it takes to put it all together.

    Field Trips can be scheduled at any point during the October to May timeframe. We encourage you to think about Field Trips early, as it can involve some planning.

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    1. Field Trip days will be coordinated between the Team Leads and the Classroom Teacher (in order to avoid conflicts with testing days, in-service days, or other school or classroom conflicts).

    2. Once the day and times are agreed upon, the next step is to arrange transportation.

      A. The process for transportation arrangements varies by district and often by team.
      B. Some of our districts provide funding for transportation. We ask that our corporate partners provide funds for their field trips. Thanks to the ongoing support of the Dater Foundation, Adopt A Class is pleased to provide a transportation grant program to help nonprofit and civic partners cover a portion of their field trip costs (if needed). Transportation grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be requested using the Field Trip Transportation Request Form linked below.
      C. Field Trip Transportation Request Form. This link can also be found on our Mentor Portal. All requests must be submitted a minimum of 4-6 weeks prior to the field trip date.
      D. If your team is one that will be providing payment for transportation and AAC coordinates the bus for you, we will also receive and forward any invoices for payment.
      E. Please reach out to your AAC Liaison with any questions or concerns regarding field trip transportation.

    3. Depending on the length of your field trip, planning for lunch may become part of your field trip experience. Ordering pizza is quick and easy!

    4. ENJOY! Field trip days are enjoyed by both students and mentors. thank you for providing career and life experiences that they may not have had without you!

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    Adopt A Class encourages your company to share about your involvement externally. See below for all marketing needs, as well as tips and tricks!

    Do’s & Dont’s


  • DO: Post and/or Repost from your company’s social media accounts.
  • DO: Tag Adopt A Class, your school, and the school district in your social posts.
  • DO: Include the Adopt A Class logo in your social posts.
  • DON’TS

  • DON’T: Post from your personal social media account.
  • DON’T: Post photos of students who aren’t allowed to be photographed.
  • DON’T: Include students name’s in your post.
  • Name Tags & AAC Take Home Letter

    Adopt A Class has provided a Name Tag template for you to use during your class visits, as well as a Take Home Letter. Name Tags will make it easier to identify students and begin to learn their names. Our Take Home Letters are a way to notify our students guardians that their child is being mentored by YOUR company! We ask you to use our template to co-brand and share about your company. Once completed, give to copies to your teacher so they can disperse to the students.

    Suggestion: Print both of these documents out before your first visit. For the Name Tags, you can allow the teacher to write each student’s name. These can either be kept by you, our mentoring team, or for the teacher to disperse before every mentoring session. For the AAC Take Home Letters, please go in and edit with your companies logo and information. Once you have the number of students in your classroom, print accordingly and hand these to your teacher so they can pass them out to the students to bring home.

    AAC Merchandise & Apparel

    Adopt A Class has partnered with Queen City Spirit to offer you the opportunity to purchase custom merchandise and apparel. Items are great for mentor teams, teachers, principals, and other partners of Adopt A Class.

    In addition to our simple branded merchandise, you can co-brand your order by having both your organization’s logo and the Adopt A Class logo on the same garment! Click the link below to explore your options.

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    Brand Assets

    Below you’ll find various file types of Adopt A Class logo for use.

    Questions? Please contact AAC’s Marketing & Communications Manager, Kristen Tierney [email protected].

    Full color logo

    Download logo file

    For use on white/light background

    Download logo file

    For use on dark background

    Download logo file