In order to assess students' levels of civic responsibility and motivation to pursue civic engagement, teachers and counselors can work together to pair students with mentors for a semester- or year-long mentorship program. Mentees and mentors are matched based on similar career interests and passions. Mentors can work with their student to provide civic enrichment suggestions, cultivate college and career interest, encourage civic engagement within the school and community, and help develop the skills necessary to achieve a job in the desired career field.
This learning partnership will provide opportunities for practice, focused listening, meaningful reflection, sincere kind-frontation (instead of confrontation), and collective discovery. Reimagined assessments such as a mentorship program allows the mentor to hold the student accountable and collaborate/consult with teachers, counselors, and parents about the civic development of the student.