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Sign Up To Be A Mentor

Anyonecanachieve.com & Dr. Jack Thomas Invite You!

Anyone Can Achieve Red LogoAt Anyonecanachieve.com it’s so easy to be a mentor to college students. Complete and submit a mentor application online or fill out the PDF application and mail it in.

Upon approval you will receive an e-mail prompt that a question has been asked about your field of expertise.

Follow the link to a list of questions in your field, read the question carefully, answer the question to the best of your ability based on your store of knowledge & experience, and when you are finished press submit my answer.

If your answer is a general answer about your field the answer might be featured on the website for other students. When we feature your answer we’ll include your short bio on the website. If your helpful answer isn’t redundant (to another mentor in your field) it will be sent to the student through our site coordinator. Our coordinator might ask clarifying follow-up questions. We don’t imagine that mentors will be asked to answer more than a couple of questions each  month.

That’s all we ask of you!  It’s so simple and so straightforward!  No phone calls.  No get acquainted meetings. No unwanted student e-mails or phone calls to your work or home.  Our system has one big purpose, which is to get good solid field specific information to students from ultimate mentors and peer mentors.

We know the power of caring & knowledgeable advice & guidance. Such shared knowledge has the power to transform lives! For minorities who have less access to social capital your sage advice is like water on parched earth yielding fruits. Won’t you help us in this important transmission of knowledge?  Your help is warmly appreciated!  Thanks so much!

Dr. Helen Flippin, MD

Ms. Helen FlippinOccupation, Area of Specialty, and Institutional Affiliation

Dr. Helen Flippin, M.D., earned her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, May 2011. Dr. Flippin is pursuing further graduate science academic work at IU School of Medicine.

While at Indiana University Medical School, Helen was appointed National Convention Planning Committee Co-Chair of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Her duties included planning the SNMA’s 47th annual convention  in 2010. She was co-chair of the IU School of Medicine’s Westside Health Fair and the Annual Medical Education Conference, which brings more than 1,500 students to Indianapolis for a series of medical programs. (From the Indianapolis Recorder)

Highest Degree Earned

M.D. Medicine, Indiana University, School of Medicine

B.S. in Biology Alma mater: Xavier University of Louisiana

You practice one of 330 great occupations that require years of preparation. What things most helped you to succeed in training for your profession and in practice of your profession?

My story begins with the most important focus of my life, my relationship with God. I was told at a very young age that I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. Those words are as true to me today as they were when I was a little girl. My faith in God and my faith in myself allowed me to dream big and set the goal of becoming the first physician of my family. Another important asset to stress along my path and anyone’s path to success is perseverance. We all know that big dreams require big determination. For me, one of the first steps to my success was realizing that the path to my dream would be a long, paved road of education and examinations. I knew from high school that I wanted to become a doctor so in high school I took courses that I thought would help prepare me for undergraduate studies with a pre-medical focus. While I knew from a young age the profession I wished to pursue, I realize that many people develop their career goals later in life, especially during their undergraduate work. No matter when you come to your decision, thorough preparation for that goal is imperative. To summarize, in order to achieve my goals I followed the three P’s: preparation, perseverance, and prayer.

An Open Letter To Mentors

Dr. Jack E. Thomas, Ph.D., HSPP

Dear Mentor Applicant:

Thank you for applying to become an Anyonecanachieve.com mentor. As psychologists, Erik Erikson and Lev Vygotsky understood, young people grow and develop their talents/abilities best with intelligent, timely, kind and thoughtful guidance from experienced others.

In the normal course of life, for most day-to-day challenges, guidance/instruction and advice comes from a parent. A parent might provide pointed career guidance but most of the time pointed guidance comes from a teacher or guidance counselor. If a young person is really lucky, guidance comes from an adult mentor who has specific insights into a particular career.

A mentor is a trusted, knowledgeable, and caring advisor who is able to share insights and timely goal related information. A mentor can be asked almost any question about his/her field of expertise and about his/her own journey to career accomplishment. While mentors are nurturing, reflective, open and approachable individuals, their most important attribute is that they are an authoritative and credible source of information about their field. The mentor’s interest is in helping young people: (1) clarify their interests, (2) identify their skills, (3) become aware of opportunities, (4) negotiate career hurdles and (5) advance toward their identified career goals.

The mentor is someone who is willing and ready to assist a young person on his or her career journey. From time to time, we can all benefit from having someone in our life that is willing to champion our cause, encourage us and provide instructive feedback. Such a relationship is helpful because it strengthens our skills and related competence.

Mentoring is at once a sober responsibility and a great privilege. Mentoring is a wonderful way to give something back to the next great generation. Psychologist, Erik Erikson, referred to this process as “generativity.” Those who are warmly connected to society have a stake in contributing their skills and abilities to society and have a stake in sharing their knowledge and insights with future generations. Society, obviously, is better off because of those who care to and in good faith invest time and effort in young people who are our future.

Mentors inform, counsel, advise and support young people. Mentoring is a wonderful validation of what our careers have meant to us. It is rewarding to help to pave a smoother career path for young people with whom we identify. Young people whose high aspirations and hopeful desires of future success profoundly encourage our generation as well. So, we encourage them and in turn their hopeful attitudes and excitement encourage our faith in the future.

Mentors helped me to set a course of high achievement and professional growth. I received caring guidance along the way from those I trusted – whose advice I almost always took. As a young person, my mother (Helen) encouraged me. She provided gentle and persuasive guidance. As an undergraduate student the chair of psychology (Dr. Saltzman) encouraged me to go to graduate school. During undergraduate school my biology professor (Dr. Holland) was also a wonderful advisor and mentor. Dr. Holland’s warm and caring advice to many others and me inspired us to high academic attainment. Dr. Holland’s door was always open to his students and his advice was always heart felt, intelligent and respectful. Dr. Holland’s reflective and dignified demeanor is something I’ve consciously tried to emulate in matters professional. During graduate school, I had the mentorship of Drs. Intons-Peterson and Kennon Shank. Since the beginning of my psychology career I’ve had the benefit of mentoring from Drs. Dietch and Clausman. It was Dr. Dietch who advised me about how to become a medical expert to U.S. Federal Judges. His advice worked, I have done such forensic consulting for over a decade now.

I have many wonderful stories to tell about my mentors and I am sure you do as well. Let’s not forget how others sacrificed time and effort to help us find a future we could be proud of.

Unfortunately, many young adults do not have mentors. They do not have academic mentors in their field of interest. The lack of academic, field specific, mentoring is especially true of underrepresented minorities, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and American Indians. I am hopeful that through anyonecanachieve.com’s website we can provide mentoring support to thousands of individuals.

Minorities are grossly underrepresented as incumbents in the best careers in America. In the top 240 careers in America, African American participation across careers is about 6%. And, in many top careers particularly in high paying science professions their participation is often less than 1%.

As a minority, I know first hand that the road traveled by minorities is often a bit bumpier. Caring, intelligent, culturally competent career guidance helps to pave a smoother path. There is no question in mind that mentoring will lead to greater minority career participation in America’s best jobs.

A few words, now, about Anyonecanachieve.com. It is an informational, motivational and educational website. We hope to intelligently encourage and support the aspirations of young people. The provision of mentoring advice is a crucial aspect of what we do. Our mentoring activity is computer based and is generally referred to as cyber-mentoring. However, because of the importance of face-to-face meetings, we will have several half-day seminars each year for subscribers. We hope to persuade young adults (college students) to strive for academic excellence. We want to help young adults prepare themselves for challenging graduate or professional school academic work. Ultimately, we want to help them prepare for challenging professional careers. We do not seek to replace other mentors in the lives of subscribers but we do intend to provide helpful additional information and guidance about academic matters and careers that mentees might find usable. We are not guidance counselors nor are we vocational advisors but we are trained in and work in the specialty area from which vantage point our advice flows.

Won’t you join us as a mentor?

Your mentoring role will be managed through our program coordinator. Questions asked about your field from subscribers will be tendered to you for your considered response. We will send your response to the subscriber and possibly post all or part of your response on the website for use by others as well. A mentoring advisory group (a committee of three mentors) will screen all advice to assure such advice is consistent with anyonecanachieve.com’s general philosophy. The mentor’s role will not include the responsibility of contacting subscribers. Site subscribers will not contact our mentors directly but through our website and through our program coordinator.

Anyonecanachieve.com will have timely e-mail contact with subscribers and to a lesser extent telephone contact between subscribers and its program coordinator. The benefits of following this communication strategy are obvious. In particular, it streamlines the mentoring process, reduces any communication burden beyond good and timely mentoring advice. Mentoring advice is based on knowledge and experience mentors have gained in their field of specialization. We do not ask mentors to do additional homework in responding to questions about the field. We are interested in the mentors’ personal and thoughtful answers to questions based on their accumulated knowledge.

Where appropriate, we will refer subscribers to links that provide “canned” advice. We do not ask our mentors for such “canned” advice. We do ask for career advice that is conversational, personalized, thoughtful and relevant to the identified needs of the subscriber. Subscriber profile information will act to assist the process. Over time we hope to have several mentors in each recommended professional field. This will allow our subscribers to pick and choose advice that seems most meaningful to them within their field of interest.

Mentoring advice will generally fall in the following categories: (1) undergraduate academic preparation for career, (2) admissions testing for graduate or professional programs (3) selecting a graduate, professional program (4) adjusting to the first year program requirements (5) building an academic and social support network / balancing social life and academic work (6) tips for program required examination sequences (7) completing requirements for graduate/professional programs (8) completing field licensure or certification requirements, if any (9) finding employment (10) professional associations and (11) career advancement. We expect that mentoring advice will vary depending of the specific experiences of our mentors and this variation will, in our judgment, be desirable to our subscribers. The common factor will be that all our mentors have successfully negotiated career hurdles leading to career success.

Our focus is largely on non-cognitive factors such as: 1) improving the amount and quality of direct career information, 2) strengthening students’ rationale for higher education pursuits, 3) helping students with goal and achievement strategy, 4) assisting them with progress monitoring and 5) offering them timely feedback and timely knowledgeable support. It is exactly these things that have been found helpful in the literature. These interventions provide the backdrop for minority academic excellence.

I ask that you join me in this important volunteer, altruistic venture to assist the next generation in their pursuit of professional careers.

Sincerely yours,

Jack E. Thomas, Ph.D., HSPP, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, CEO
Psychology Department, Martin University

* See Application Form
**See our top professional careers list.

Top careers are defined as (1) Typically requiring a Bachelor’s degree or more, (2) With Median Salary of $40,000 dollars or more (3) Typically, occupations employing a relatively large number of workers (50,000 or more) and (4) knowledge occupations that are growing and projected to grow at a moderate to high rate.

The completed Application is to be mailed to:

Dr. Jack E. Thomas
P.O. Box 8772
Bloomington, IN 47407-8772