A mentor is a Senior Member assigned to Novices or Recruits once they join the Tower. The level of involvement will vary with the individual, depending on what the junior member wants out of the relationship, but the mentor is expected to be able to answer questions about the Tower and to eventually provide a reference for when the person is raised.
In the Members' Choice Awards from 2006 to 2008, members voted on the best mentor. The difficulty in this vote was that many would consider their own mentor to be the best and so, as the site grew more in numbers the practise of this award stopped. The previous winners were;
- Main article: Prolific Mentors
Many people serve as a mentor on multiple occasions, though not all the mentees complete the journey through the Tower.