Acceptance into the Junior Mentor Program is a 2 part process. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON OR BEFORE APRIL 1, 2014 FOR CURRENT SOPHOMORES INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATiNG IN THE 2014-2015 JUNIOR MENTOR PROGRAM. Once your application has been submitted you and a parent or guardian MUST attend one of the two mandatory parent/student meetings on Thursday, April 17th or Friday April 18th from 5:30-6:30 in the school library. CONTACT DEBBIE BROSTEK IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.
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, graphics arts, technology, construction, 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. Many 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, Program Director
Funding provided by donations to Newport Harbor Educational Foundation