Adviser Mentor Program

What is the Adviser Mentor Program?

Each year, new yearbook advisers are faced with the sometimes daunting task of creating a yearbook for their school. Turning to someone who is doing what you are doing and has the advantage of having done it successfully can be an encouragement. That’s why we developed our Adviser Mentor Program.

The Adviser Mentor Program matches experienced yearbook advisers (the Mentors) with yearbook adviser rookies (the Mentees), offering them camaraderie, wisdom and extra support. The mentor can pay it forward by offering their unique perspective, experience and love for yearbooks on topics such as:

  • Deadlines and grading
  • Advice for working with parents and administration
  • Tips and tricks from your experience
  • Monthly encouragement

Requirements to be a yearbook adviser mentor:

  • A current Walsworth Yearbooks customer
  • Three years or more of yearbook advising experience
  • Willing to make one contact each month with your mentee – a contact can be a telephone call, email, text message or a chat over coffee
  • Commit to be a mentor for the entire school year

What you can expect from us:

  • A monthly email from Jim Jordan, program ambassador, offering suggestions to share with your mentee
  • Surveys and regular check-ins so we can help make your relationship with your mentee productive
  • A commemorative pin celebrating your work as a mentor

Ready to sign up?

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, contact your Walsworth Yearbooks sales rep. If you are a new adviser who needs support, click this button.

What people are saying about the program

Masha Tatarintseva

Immaculate Heart High School, Los Angeles, California

“I just had my first mentee meeting with my mentor, Dinah Emmons.  I am in my third year as an adviser.  My big goal for the next three years is to incorporate more writing into our school’s yearbook. I am a teacher coming from an art and design background. English is my second language and I have never been particularly strong when it comes to writing and grammar.

“Meeting with Dinah helped me to have a much stronger idea of how to get started and how to work step by step towards this big goal.  Also, just heaving another adviser confess that the first year, she had no idea what she stepped into felt like an affirmation of experience for my first year as a yearbook instructor.”

Madalyn Sparks

Wilkes Central High School, Wilkesboro, North Carolina

“I have had a wonderful adviser this year. My adviser has helped me to manage yearbook students and has given me advice from his personal errors in the past. The adviser mentor program has been invaluable to me this year!”

Stephanie Baertlein

Edgewood High School, Madison, Wisconsin

“As a first-year adviser, my mentor helped with tips and tricks that would’ve taken me years to figure out. She has been a guide on which steps to take first and how to best execute them. She has listened to me grumble about building a strong yearbook staff and the frustration of working with teenagers! Most of all, she has been an excellent example of a teacher who is devoted, passionate and cares – not only for the yearbook, but for me, her students, her school and everyone involved.”

Watch our training video to learn about the expectations and goals of being a mentor. You will hear from several experienced mentors and learn about resources available for you to share with your new adviser. View the recording here. 

Have a Question?

If you have general questions about the Adviser Mentor Program, please contact us by submitting the form below.