Mentors are primarily responsible for leading and assisting with afternoon and evening activities as well as assisting with enforcement of residence hall rules such as lights out. Mentors must understand their assignments. Mornings are generally unencumbered, and Mentors are expected to use this time to plan and prepare for afternoon and evening activities, always planning several days in advance. The lead teacher and the lead Mentor should ensure that all preparations are going smoothly. Mentors, with the assistance of teachers, lead afternoon activities such as video production, theater, dance, chorus, newspaper, sports, conversation groups, etc. (These vary by Academy.) Evening programs may include game nights, films, guest lectures, seminars, and cultural simulations. For student disciplinary issues, Mentors may warn students for minor infractions but should refrain from dealing with serious issues, in which case they should immediately notify the director, a teacher, or the program coordinator. Mentors might be fairly close in age to the students and must also remember that they are here as staff members and should maintain appropriate social distance from the students. All staff members are expected to participate in field trips and special events.
In addition to the Mentor duties described here, lead mentors, with support from the lead teacher, assign and monitor the duties and coordinate the activities of the other mentors. At the discretion of the director, the lead staff (director, lead teacher, and lead mentor) may arrive one day prior to the remaining staff to set up the Academy office and begin planning.