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1:1 Career Junior Mentor Program

2020 -2021 Mentor Program Calendar and Report Due Dates

Meeting #1 Interview Report


Meeting #3 Casual Mtg - Report due before or no later than the due date TAKE ANOTHER PICTURE TOGETHER

December  - Contact your mentor to schedule second job shadow. Consider using winter break to complete your second Job Shadow! Take a picture together if you forgot the first time.

Meeting #4 Casual Mtg - Report due before or no later than the due date

Meeting #5 Optional - Report due before or no later than due date

When you have completed your meeting reports, write your Personal Reflection paper

Reflection paper due before or no later than due date

Thank You Note Meetings March 

Attend Mentor Appreciation Luncheon (last week of March) date TBA




Contact Mrs. Brostek on SchoolLoop with questions

Mentor Program 2019-20
Program Description

“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 began 24 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. To apply, students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA. The strength of your application and availability of mentors within varying careers will help to determine who can be placed with a mentor. Participation and successful completion of the Mentor Program will qualify for use as the Experiential Learning Project (ELP) which is a graduation requirement.  

Our mentor family consists of approximately 250 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. With the current COVID-19 situation, on-site shadows may not be possible. Mentors are committed to using creative and alternative solutions to provide and exceptional level of learning. Students must be curious and ask plenty of questions!! 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. In some cases, students have received internships and job offers once they have graduated college.

Applications are available to students for entry into the program. Students will submit their personal resume and thoughtfully answer essay questions designed to help them determine their top three career interests along with insight into their personal interests and hobbies.

The Mentor Program runs through spring of the junior year.  Students and their mentor will have 4-5 meetings depending on mentor availability over a period of several months. Students will turn in meeting reports along with a final 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. Students and mentors agree to use safe COVID-19 practices, including wearing a mask at any in person meeting. 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. 


"I have huge hopes for tomorrow when given the chance to meet with such awesome "kids". I forget how much a person changes in high school. I'm happy to be a part of this program"

Mentor - Pete Swift


 "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, UC Berkeley, Pre Med


"THANK YOU for the wonderful experience my son had in the Mentor Program. 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 lower Sims Room 184


If you have questions contact Debbie Brostek


Funding provided by donations to the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation

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the APPLICATION period for the 2020-2021 Mentor Program is now closed                  

On April 2, 2019, NHHS Career Mentor Program students gathered together with their mentors at the 22nd Annual Mentor Appreciation Luncheon. Stories were shared about their newly forged friendships, while exploring their mentor's career over the last nine months.  The room was filled with over 350 students, mentors, NMUSD Board Members and school administrators to celebrate this unique relationship between Newport Harbor High and our local community professionals.



We appreciate our 24 year mentors !!