THE FIRST CASUAL MEETING (#3) REPORT IS DUE OCTOBER 28, 2013. IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS CONTACT YOUR MENTOR COORDINATOR TODAY.
Current Juniors in the 2013-2014 Mentor Program: Please be sure to check your school loop email account often and reply to your Mentor Coordinator when asked to do so. Keep a copy of the meeting and report schedule handy and refer to it often to try and stay on schedule. Your Mentor Coordinator is available to help with questions, problem solving or scheduleing issues should they arise. We know you will enjoy this wonderful adventure and time of discovery!
The 1:1 Junior Mentor Program Description
The Mentor Program is unique to NHHS. It has a long tradition at NHHS, beginning 17 years ago as a component of the first small learning community on campus, the “Da Vinci Academy” and funded by the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation. The Mentor program has continued to grow and is now open to all juniors who wish to participate. The program runs from late Spring of the sophomore year through Spring of the junior year. Mentors provide career job shadowing and help students explore career options while being an adult listener outside of family and school who can empathize with students about being a teen in our complicated world, and help students develop decision making skills.
NHHS is lucky to have committed mentors; adults in the community who give their time to help the next generation. 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. Many mentors have been with the program for 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.
If you wish to find your own mentor, they need to go through the same clearance process.
5 meetings will take place entirely off campus. You will turn in 7 papers and spend 13 hours minimum with your mentor over a period of 9 months beginning in the summer. You 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. It is critical that once you commit to the program and to a mentor that you follow through and complete it in its entirety. You will not receive credit and you will have an incomplete on your transcript if you do not.
There is an application process for entry into the program. Applications are made available to students during the spring of their sophomore year. The completed application must be returned to the Mentor Program desk in the Career Center on or before the designated due date to be considered.
The program gives you a huge head start on your Senior Exit Project, which is a District graduation requirement, allowing you to complete the bulk of the project before your senior year. You will also receive 2.5 units of credit and an A on your transcript upon completion of the mentor program.
The Mentor Program office is in the Career Center.
E-mail us at NHHSmentor@nmusd.us, call us at 515-6373 or come visit us..
Funding provided by donations to Newport Harbor Educational Foundation
Debbie Brostek and Linda Giannini, Mentor Coordinators