Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Topic for September 20th to September 24th

College: It's Within Reach

It's never too early to talk about higher education and presenting it as an attainable opportunity for your mentee. There are opportunities to earn savings bonds as early as Kindergarten!! Click on the links below for more information on ideas and opportunities:

Due by Wednesday, September 29th - CADA poster contest (Click the image below to enlarge)

2nd Amendment rights essay contest
Creative drawing contest - due by  Thursday, September 30th
Scholarships for children under 13
Information on scholarships that are less competitive
Scholarships for the Hispanic and Latino community
Unusual scholarships, like scholarships for left-handed students
In general, it would be a good idea to sign up with your mentee to be notified of awards
BUT be aware of SCAMS!!!
FinAID - this is my favorite site for information!
College Board's FUND FINDER

Once your mentee is in Middle School, it'd be a good idea to utilize this website: Know How 2 Go
They can sign up for a newsletter to learn about tips and steps to take to go to college.
You can learn, as a mentor, how to help prepare them for college, and there are specific areas designed to help middle school, freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and senior students take the right steps.
"Education is the ability to meet life's situations." ~ Dr. John G. Hibben 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

August's Mentor of the Month

Shereen Khatapoush
Shereen and her mentee have been together for about 2 and a half years. Academically, her mentee struggles with math, so Shereen took it upon her to find tutoring services and other after school help. Together, they work through the tough problems, sometimes getting frustrated, but never giving up.

Her mentee was referred not only for her academic struggles, but also for behavioral issues, social skills, peer relations, and self-esteem. With all this in mind, Shereen could have felt overwhelmed from the beginning, and could have given up when she saw little progress in the first 6 months. But she didn’t. She continued to prove to this little girl that she mattered in this world and that she could accomplish anything she set her mind to. Her mentee finally came to understand that Shereen in fact, was there to support and encourage her. Her home life had not always taught her that, as her parents were often occupied with other difficulties.

Now, Shereen’s mentee says that Shereen is like a sister to her, she loves playing with her, and has a lot of fun with her. Shereen has helped her be “more happy”, and has helped her develop skills both in and out of the classroom. In the same light, Shereen has described her time mentoring as the “highlight of her day, and often the highlight of her week.”

Shereen also extends her learning by attending on-going mentor trainings and program activities. She has also volunteered to help further by joining a fundraising committee as a part of the “Taking Kids Off the Fence” campaign.

Thank you, Shereen, for all that you do! We greatly appreciate you!
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