Mentor Program – 10th-12th Grades
The MENTOR PROGRAM is designed for students, usually sophomores or juniors who are interested in career exploration Mentees are referred by their teachers and/or guidance counselors. (Students can only participate once in the Mentor Program). The goals of the program are to:
• Enhance the student's awareness of the many career opportunities within the local community.
• Familiarize the student with the skills and work habits that business requires of employees.
• Reinforce the importance of school responsibilities such as attendance, grades, effort, etc.
• Provide the student with the opportunity to interact with their mentor and discuss their concerns about their futures in the work world.
The Mentor Program starts in January and wraps-up in May. Mentors are asked to meet with their mentee 6-8 times during that 5 month period. Meetings can include tours of local businesses, local colleges, trade schools, etc. (arranged by TASC) as well as other activities such as visiting the mentor’s workplace, local career center and/or lunch with an opportunity to discuss short and long term goals and career possibilities. Mentors are also asked to share their personal interests, values, hobbies, goals and work ethics.
Those who volunteer come from many diversified businesses and trades within the community. They all volunteer for different reasons. Many are encouraged by their companies to get involved and fulfill the company’s community relations’ mission. Many are parents themselves, have younger children, and want a peek into the world of a teenager. Some have already lived with teenagers and believe they have some words of wisdom to pass on. Many business leaders have a vested interest in the future workforce and the skills of the next generation. Some want to help a young person through a critical point in his/her life. We encourage mentoring for all these reasons.
Mentors who get (and give) the most out of mentoring are those who are great listeners, have a sincere interest in teenagers, and are able to reflect on what they learn about themselves as well as their mentee.
The Mentor Program ends with a Wrap-Up Breakfast at each high school, attended by students, mentors, school administrators and TASC staff. The breakfast gives everyone involved a special sense of closure. Although the number of mentors has doubled over the past few years, there are ALWAYS students on the waiting list.
Would you like to be a mentor? Contact the Business Outreach Specialist
Read what mentees from Taunton High had to say about their experience.
View the Photo Gallery
Mass Mentoring Partnership
2008 Tour List
Mentor Program Forms
Forms Download the Brochure
Mentor Program - Mentee Evaluation
Mentor Program - Mentee Midpoint Survey
Mentor Program - Mentor Evalution
Mentor Program - Mentor Midpoint Survey
Mentor Profile 2009
Mentor Program - Tour Visit Log
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