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1:1 Career Junior Mentor Program


“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

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

Funding provided by donations to the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation






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On March 29, 2016 NHHS Mentor Program students gathered together with their mentors at the 19th Annual Mentor Appreciation Luncheon to share stories about their newly forged friendships, while exploring their mentor's career over the last nine months.  The room was filled with over 300 students, mentors and school administrators to celebrate this unique relationship between Newport Harbor High and our local community professionals. See the video below of their journey's together.

19th Annual Mentor Appreciation Luncheon 2015-2016

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17th Annual Mentor Appreciation Luncheon 2013-2014

2015 -2016 Mentor Program Calendar and Report Due Dates

1:1 Mentor Program Report Due Dates

Due before the first day of school on September 8, 2015 
Interview Report (Mtg #1)
Career Research Report 
First Job Shadow Report (Mtg #2) Don't forget to take a picture together

Due October 19, 2015
Social/Casual Meeting Report (Mtg #3)

Due November 23, 2015
Social/Casual Meeting Report (Mtg #4) Take a picture together

December 2015 - Consider using winter break to schedule your second Job Shadow

Due January 11, 2016
Second Job Shadow Report (Mtg #5)
Thank You Luncheon Parent Letters Mailed Home - Please send in your contribution and volunteer forms

Due February 22, 2016
Social/Casual Meeting Report (Mtg #6)
Complete any outstanding mentor meeting reports. Did you take your pictures?

Due March 14, 2016
Personal Reflection Paper 

Due March 17 and March 18, 2016
Thank You Note Meetings - Wait for instructions

March 2016 - Attend Mentor Appreciation Luncheon date to be announced
11:15 - 12:30 St. Andrew's Church