MENTOR ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE SENT BEFORE THE CLOSE OF SCHOOL IN JUNE, THROUGH SCHOOL LOOP FOR STUDENTS WHO SUBMITTED A COMPLETE APPLICATION AND ATTENDED THE PARENT STUDENT MEETING. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR SCHOOL LOOP EMAIL OFTEN.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin -
The 1:1 Junior Career Mentor Program Description
The 1:1 Junior Career Mentor Program is unique to Newport Harbor High School. The program started 19 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; physician, surgeon, law enforcement, engineering, business, finance, legal, culinary arts, music, theatre, nursing, firefighting, graphic arts, technology, construction, education, interior design, architecture, physical therapy, journalism, top executives, television; the list goes on. 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 Department of Justice 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 diligently to match students and mentors both in terms of career and other interests to help guarantee a successful year for both.
"The Junior Mentor Program made my high school experience memorable. It is a unique program that helped me explore the world of science and helped me grow as a person by becoming more responsible and independent due to the program requirements. I had the opportunity to create a connection with my mentor who not only shared information about her career with me but also taught me valuable life lessons. Thank you!"
Melisa Camano NHHS Class of 2015, current freshman attending UC Berkeley
"THANK YOU for the wonderful experience my son had in the Mentor Program during the 2014-15 school year. Nicholas was paired with Dr. Reinkensmeyer at UCI. He enjoyed job shadowing on campus, attending lectures and labs, and he especially connected with his mentor during their social outing. Dr. Reinkensmeyer graciously invited Nicholas to attend 2 lectures on campus this summer and today Nicholas is attending a lab where grad students are testing something for stroke patients. I keep thinking ... where else on Earth would my son be getting this kind of opportunity in high school?!? I'm feeling incredibly blessed and grateful. Thank you for running the Mentor Program where students are given the priceless opportunity to meet, interact, and connect with these professionals who, in many cases, influence their life path!"
Sharron Carey NHHS Parent
"Many thanks for spearheading this program. Our son Nash was in it last year and it was an amazing experience. He was mentored by the CEO of Armada Skis. That company has since moved to Park City. As a result, Nash is going to the University of Utah in pursuit of a business degree and will be working at Armada while in school. He hopes to pursue a career in the action sports industry."
Steve Mader NHHS Parent
The 1:1 Junior Career Mentor Program office is located in the Language Lab
If you have questions contact Debbie Brostek
Funding provided by donations to the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation