Junior Mentoring Program

ATTENTION MENTOR PROGRAM STUDENTS: YOUR FIRST 3 REPORTS, INTERVIEW, CAREER RESEARCH AND JOB SHADOW ARE DUE BEFORE THE START OF SCHOOL ON SEPT 2nd. SCHOOL LOOP EMAIL IS NOW OPEN. ALL REPORT SUBMISSIONS AND QUESTIONS SHOULD BE SENT THERE EFFECTIVE SEPT. 2 CONTACT PROGRAM DIRECTOR AT DBROSTEK@NMUSD.US

"TEACH ME AND I REMEMBER, INVOLVE ME AND I LEARN" Benjamin Franklin

  

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, graphic arts, technology, construction, education, 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. 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

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

Funding provided by donations to Newport Harbor Educational Foundation
 

 

 

    

 

APPLICATION FOR 2014-2015 JUNIOR MENTOR PROGRAM DEADLINE HAS PAST.

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2014 -2015 Program Calendar Due Dates

1:1 Mentor Program Report Due Dates

Due Before September 2, 2014 
Interview Report (Mtg #1)
Career Research Report 
First Job Shadow Report (Mtg #2)

Due October 27, 2014
Social/Casual Meeting Report (Mtg #3)

Due December 8, 2014
Social/Casual Meeting Report (Mtg #4)

December 2014 - Consider using winter break to schedule your second Job Shadow

Due January 23, 2015
Second Job Shadow Report (Mtg #5)
Thank You Luncheon Parent Letters Mailed Home - Please send in your contribution and volunteer

Due February 23, 2015
Social/Casual Meeting Report (Mtg #6)
Complete any outstanding mentor meeting reports

Due March 16, 2015
Personal Reflection Paper 

Due March 19 and March 20
Thank You Note - Wait for instructions


Attend Mentor Thank You Luncheon (last week in March) Date TBA

 

 

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.