While what I say may not apply to most mentees I have had, in both organizations, I often hear stories from mentors who have had difficult mentees. These stories have ranged from mentees taking forever to respond to mentors, to mentees not executing a plan they and their mentors have created. The lack of productivity on the part of mentees is incredibly frustrating, especially when us mentors want to help make a change in the lives of our mentees. The worst part is that the frustration does not even stem from the mentee failing to communicate. It stems from the concern us mentors have for our mentees.
When mentees do not respond to us, we get concerned because, while they may not be doing so intentionally, they are playing games with their futures. We are part of an organization that strives to help kids plan their futures out, and sometimes, these kids take the fact that we exist for granted. I want to help mentees more than anything, but I cannot do so if a mentee does not respond to or reach out to connect with me. Mentors work for SWAG because they have a desire to help high school students. Mentees agreed to let someone with experience help them, even if it is not a part of their (nonexistent) job description. It is time that mentees held up their end of the bargain.
-- Ricardo Canelo