Mentoring programme seeks volunteers

Adult role models are needed to spend a few hours each month advising and guiding students on approaches to schoolwork, as well as to general life issues.

Their involvement is sought for the Mentoring for Success programme, which caters to Year 11 John Gray High School students. The current recruitment campaign seeks volunteers to support and mentor these students for a six-month period, beginning in January 2007, said a GIS press release.

JGHS Project Coordinator Nat King describes the project as, ‘A personal development programme for students. It is very exciting, especially as it involves pairing employed adults with students, which has in the past resulted in many mutually-beneficial learning experiences.’

He added that employers who allow staff to participate in the programme will also benefit, as staff can hone skills that are transferable to their workplaces. Also, their participation will give the company a higher community profile.

Each volunteer will support a student for six months as their ‘performance mentor’. This role provides the satisfaction of helping young people to achieve their potential and prepare for their final year of high school, as well as their entry into the world of work.

Interested volunteers will need to attend an initial one-day training programme. They will thereafter meet with their assigned students for 30 minutes during the school lunch break, from January to June 2007 – amounting to about 12 hours over the six-month period. The adults will attend two short after-work meetings during this time to monitor the mentors’ and students’ progress and share their experiences.

The contributions of employers and employees, as well as the students’ successes, will be recognised at the end of the mentoring period with a luncheon awards ceremony.

This is the fouth year of the Mentoring for Success JGHS programme. Last year saw a batch of 32 students, and matching mentors, successfully complete the programme. Previous mentors are also welcome to rejoin this initiative.

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Interested employers or employees should contact Mr King at 925-6120 (c) or 949 9444 (w), or [email protected].

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