Junior Mentoring Program

Acceptance into the Junior Mentor Program is a 2 part process. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON OR BEFORE APRIL 1, 2014 FOR CURRENT SOPHOMORES INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATiNG IN THE 2014-2015 JUNIOR MENTOR PROGRAM. Once your application has been submitted you and a parent or guardian MUST attend one of the two mandatory parent/student meetings on Thursday, April 17th or Friday April 18th from 5:30-6:30 in the school library. CONTACT DEBBIE BROSTEK IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.



The 1:1 Junior Mentor Program Description


The 1:1 Junior Mentor Program is unique to Newport Harbor High School. The program started 18 years ago as a component of the first small learning community on campus, the “Da Vinci Academy” and is funded by the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation. Over the years, the Mentor program has continued to grow and is now open to all juniors with a minimum 2.0 GPA who wish to participate.


Our mentor family consists of approximately 200 caring and successful community professionals in a myriad of careers; physicians, surgeons, law enforcement, engineering, business, finance, legal, culinary arts, music, theatre, nursing, firefighting, graphics arts, technology, construction, interior design, architecture, physical therapy . . . Mentors provide career job shadowing so students can explore career options of their choice first hand and also help to develop decision-making skills. The program gives our students a window to their future as well as a reality check on their dreams before they go on to make further educational choices.


Mentors become an adult listener outside of family and school who can empathize with students about being a teen in our complicated world. Many mentor pairs often develop genuine friendships that last for many years.


Applications are made available to students during the spring of their sophomore year for entry into the program. Students will submit their personal resume and thoughtfully answer essay questions designed to help the student determine their top three career interests and give us insight into their personal interests and hobbies.


The Mentor Program runs from late spring of the sophomore year through spring of the junior year.  Students and their mentor will have 6 meetings and spend a minimum of 15 hours together, over a period of 9 months. Students will turn in 8 papers: Interview, a Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Research project, two job shadows, three social meetings, and a reflection paper.  Students must be committed, independent, self-reliant, and able to schedule and attend meetings as well as arrange transportation. This program requires the support of a parent/guardian and a Mentor Coordinator is provided to guide the student and facilitate the process. 


All NHHS mentors go through a thorough screening process that includes Live Scan fingerprinting and TB testing and must be the same gender as the student. The majority of our mentors have been with the program for many years. We work hard to match students and mentors both in terms of career and other interests to help guarantee a successful year for both. 



The Mentor Program office is in the Career Center

Office hours are Mon, Tue, and Thurs from 9:00am - 1:00pm.

If you have questions contact Debbie Brostek, Program Director

E-mail DBrostek@nmusd.us or call 949- 515-6373 

Funding provided by donations to Newport Harbor Educational Foundation






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2013 -2014 Program Calendar Due Dates

1:1 Program Calendar Report Due Dates

September 27, 2013 
Assignment #1 Interview Report (Mtg #1)
Assignment #2 Career Research Report 
Assignment #3 First Job Shadow Report (Mtg #2)

October 28, 2013
Assignment #4 Personal/Casual Meeting Report (Mtg #3)

November 25, 2013
Assignment #5 Personal/Casual Meeting Report (Mtg #4)

December 2013 - Consider winter break to schedule second Job Shadow

January 27, 2014
Assignment #6 Second Job Shadow Report (Mtg #5)

February 2014
Parent Letters Mailed Home - February 1, 2014 - Please mail back or turn into the Mentor Program desk your contribution for the luncheon

Complete any outstanding mentor meeting reports, schedule additional optional meetings with your Mentor 
When you have completed your meetings write your Personal Reflection paper

March 10, 2014
Assignment #7 Personal Reflection Report

March 13, 2014
Thank You note

March 25, 2014

Attend Mentor Appreciation Luncheon  - St Andrews Church


2014 Newport Harbor High School Mentor Luncheon

NHHS Mentor Program students gathered together with their mentors at the 17th Annual Mentor Appreciation Luncheon to share stories about their newly forged friendships and experiences together, while exploring their mentor's career over the last nine months.  The room was filled with over 250 students, mentors and school administrators to celebrate this unique relationship between Newport Harbor High and our local community professionals.