A mentorship is a time during which a mentor interacts with a mentee, guiding her towards the achievement of her goals, opening doors to new opportunities, and aiding in the acquisition of new skills and knowledge.
Any young lady from the high school may participate in the program. However, referrals from parents, teachers, and administration are also considered. These referrals may be based upon discipline, attitude, attendance, and any issues that faculty or administration deem appropriate.
During the school year, mentees and mentors meet in small groups twice per week for 30 minutes, and whole-group workshops are held for 45 minutes once per month on Connections days. Participants of the program will also engage in enrichment activities outside of regular meeting times.
Why Become a Mentor?
Within the United States, there is an increasing need for mentors within schools. Serious risks such as homelessness, suspension, early parenthood, and a lack of academic confidence affect young Americans in poverty, threatening to derail their path toward high-school graduation (Sebenius). According to Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership, mentoring has a significant positive impact on two early warning indicators that a student may be falling off-track: chronic absenteeism and recurring problematic behavior. It also promotes positive relationships and social attitudes as well as prepares mentees for professional careers and a better future.
Why Become a Mentee?
Students who participate in a successful mentoring program may expect to receive the following benefits: improved school achievement; greater likelihood of graduating; increase in self-esteem; increased school attendance; decrease in discipline referrals; lesser likelihood of early pregnancy; increase in securing entry-level jobs; and increase in community service activities.