Mentor a Student

Thank you for your interest in becoming a TVBA Youth Scholarship Program Mentor.  
The following are guidelines and specific tasks required of a YSPM mentor:

General

  • Be available for questions, comments and concerns from your student
  • Help your student learn how to keep bees and develop beekeeping skills through hands-on time in the hive together
  • Provide encouragement and constructive feedback
  • Monthly: check their progress on their record book/presentation

During the Year

  • In February or March oversee student’s construction of hive equipment
  • Make sure his/her protective gear fits well and will keep them from bee stings
  • Help them mix syrup for feeding the bees
  • In April help your student install his/her bees from a nucleus hive into the hive body he/she built
  • A week to ten days after the bees are installed, check the hive together to make sure all is well with the bees
  • In May check hive with the student to evaluate honey flow and add supers when needed
  • Assist with extracting honey in late June or July
  • Make sure he/she provides a honey sample for the TVBA August or September honey tasting
  • Guide your student in his/her research presentation for the September meeting
  • Be available to go with your student to serve at the Texas State Fair Honey Booth
  • Help student with fall hive feeding and winter hive preparation
  • Encourage others to apply for the next year’s Scholarship Program
Mentors will be chosen after the scholarship recipients are decided. We try to connect a mentor and student that live near each other.
If this is something you would like to do, please contact one of the following:
  • Keisha Dean – kdean2@jcp.com 
  • Christi Baughman – 214-822-4262 – beegirl@beegirl.biz
  • info@tvbees.org

 

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