The Pathways High IMPACT/Career & College Ready Coordinators will be responsible for volunteer’s comprehension of our Mentor program and support them as they interact with Pathways High. In addition to background checks and passing interviews, all Mentors will have access to training. Training for volunteers and Experts in Residence will mirror the culture and personalized values-based professional development that Pathways High provides for students and staff. Volunteers will complete a volunteer application, agree to a background check, go through an orientation. After that they will be available for working within Pathways High. Mentors will be matched with a student or small group of students. The process will be monitored by the Director or IMPACT/C&CR coordinator, who will also provide ongoing oversight and support to mentors and mentees. The following groups need mentor training before working with students:
Business Partner Mentors: Are employees of our business partners who function as the link from classroom to workroom. Not only will they provide support to teachers as curriculum and experiences are developed, but they will also participate in direct project mentoring of students. Our expectation is for these mentors to actively support the specific interests and talents of Pathways High students. This allows Pathways High to introduce students to non-guardian community stakeholders and further deepen connections to community and career.
Experts in Residence: Will provide unique programs and seminars throughout the school year to provide access to experiences rich in life skills. As PBL projects develop, teachers may need specific skills outside their personal skill set or the business partner mentor’s scope of understanding. Experts in Residence will be available to provide these skills and experiences. In addition, Experts in Residence will work with Pathways High students in small or large groups, providing opportunities to deepen learning specific to the needs of a project or personal interest.
Community Mentors: Will provide guidance, knowledge, social capital and support to a Pathways High Student. Community mentors will offer general support for whole student development as well as interact with students and families during Pathways High Community Conversations.
Governing Board and Pathways High Council members are encouraged to visit during lunch or flex hours at the school to provide intermittent support and the opportunity for students to share their learning in informal ways.
In addition, a system will be developed whereby faculty members can request board, council members and community members (including relatives/guardians) to participate in projects in specific ways.
The mentoring program will help to:
Create a caring climate to support a healthy community.
Encourage accountability and responsibility through personal reflection within a collaborative environment, tying personalized learning to the requirements of teamwork.
Integrate the student into the community as a valuable, contributing member.
Increase exposure to opportunities available for college, career and beyond.
Practice giving and receiving meaningful compliments.
Create a student-generated agenda, supporting academic pursuits.
Foster good communication and social skills.
Learn, understand, and respect differences.
Explore reasons for why people do what they do.
Practice role-playing and brainstorming to solve problems.
Focus on non-punitive solutions.
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