Peer 2 Peer Mentorship

To nurture the possibility of college in grades 6-8 we can have high school students be mentors to younger students.

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We have added screen shots of what the mentor tool might look like. It would guide students through modules, or trails, and teach them skills on how to be a mentor to a younger students.


Additionally, it would provide a way to receive and achieve badges for completing different trails. Students would be able to give each other badges as a sign of gratitude as well. 


Our current idea for the tool can be found here:https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1HP3mlam4v28H_LPoJAQRYfLctgu32rsrqMz66kV34G4/edit


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Overview: (What’s this idea about)

This idea is about supporting young students (grade 6-8) to see that college is a possibility as well as giving older students a way to provide purposeful service to their community by researching and putting together college-readiness campaigns.


Potential For Impact: (Why is this an idea that promotes continued growth?)

It’s a way for different members of a community to support each other on the journey to and through college. Older students her younger students grow while learning more about college themselves. As those younger students grow, they give back and educated others about college. All members of the community that are involved grow to be informed and resourceful about college.


Value Prop/Pitch: (How would you pitch this to other teachers in your school? Your principal? Etc)

Improve the student to mentor ratio dramatically.

As high school students put together campaigns they educate themselves about college readiness.

Create communities where college education is discussed, encouraged and celebrated.

Helps mentors build:

·       Self-management skills- Mentors identify obstacles and think critically about actions they can take to overcome them.

·       Self-efficacy skills - A belief that they have control over their own college journey.

·       Self-awareness skills - By looking into how to help younger students learn more about college, they learn more about their own college journey.

·      They will learn that can have an impact on others and their community through hard work and perseverance.



Helps younger students develop:

·       Self-management - Understand that obstacles that might come in the future and get advice from mentors on how to overcome them.

·       Self-efficacy – A belief that they have control over their own college journey, even before starting high school.

·       Self-awareness – They become mindful of what they need to get into college. They become mindful of how important college is from a young age.       

an understanding there is more than one way to solve a problem.



How’d I get this idea off the ground

Find a group in a community where there is a necessity for college-readiness education and find teacher mentors who are willing to be part of advisory groups for high school students will to be mentors.


How you can get started:


1. Have high school students research and put together college readiness campaigns for younger students in elementary and middle schools.

2. During these campaigns high school students can create real partnerships. Afterwards they can meet periodically to talk with younger students about the process they are going through.

3. Younger students will reach out to their mentors, which can then serve as role models that nurture the feeling that college is possible.

4. High school students can create campaigns for parents of younger aged students as well.

5. Additionally, students in college can serve as mentors for students in High School by creating the same kinds of campaigns and partnerships.


Create a step by step guide on how to become a mentor.


  1. Explain the Mentor profile/guidelines

Mentors:


  • Empower others in their community.
  • Is always looking for ways to encourage others.
  • Fosters a mindset that any obstacle can be overcome.
  • Have an understanding of the character traits that young learners need to develop to attain their goals.
  • Believes that they can help change their communities for the better.
  • Demonstrates (Have demonstrated) that effective effort can lead to excellence in any area. They can cite at least one learning experience they had that they are proud of having had success with.
  • Believes that student created and led initiatives are the most powerful actions in schools.


    1. Identify Ss that are interested in being a Mentor


    Ways to identify Ss that are interested:


  • Inform schools (counselors, teachers, coaches etc) of the program and its benefits.
  • Ask school leaders for student leaders that could pilot the program.
  • Send quiz to see who is interested.
  • Provide a physical and digital spaces where students can find information and resources.
  • Hold QA sessions with possible mentors.


    3. Sign a commitment pledge.


  • Students who are interested in becoming a mentor would sign commitment pledges officially welcoming them into the program.
  • Commitments would be for a school year at a time.


    Mentorship Guidelines:

    Over the next few weeks we will work on developing a way for students to have a mentorship guidance tool that can be accessed online. It will give them a step-by-step guide on how to conduct mentorships with younger students. 



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    Original Post:

    Using inspiration from stories in the first phase of this collaboration I envision students becoming mentors to each other. 

    A rough draft of possible steps:

    1. Have high school students research and put together college readiness campaigns for younger students in elementary and middle schools. 

    2. During these campaigns high school students can create real partnerships. Afterwards they can meet periodically to talk with younger students about the process they are going through.

    3. Younger students will reach out to their mentors, which can then serve as role models that nurture the feeling that college is possible.

    4. High school students can create campaigns for parents of younger aged students as well. 

    5. Additionally, students in college can serve as mentors for students in High School by creating the same kinds of campaigns and partnerships. 


    Benefits:

    Improve the student to mentor ratio dramatically. 

    As high school students put together campaigns they educate themselves about college readiness. 

    Create communities where college education is discussed, encouraged and celebrated. 

    Have a doc or slides that you're collaborating in? Link it here.

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kuL2xhkcYBJSWrIbwthV5mZ9sLe5P91EPYhzVs3Efqk/edit?usp=sharing

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    Photo of Julie Diana
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    I would love to see how this idea could lead to public/independent school partnerships.

    Photo of Donna Teuber
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    Hi Edwin, I love the idea of having high school students serve as mentors to younger students! Reach out to Jeffrey McMicken who has his high school students mentoring students at an elementary school. This is a powerful way to serve both elementary and high school students.

    Photo of Edwin Lagos
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    Donna,

    I'd love to get in touch with him, thanks for letting me know!

    Photo of Donna Teuber
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    Hi Edwin, I'm sure that Jeffrey McMicken could contribute a lot to your team idea!

    Photo of Kate Rancourt
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    I love the idea of student to student mentor-ship. This exactly defines what design thinking is all about: empathy! You could strategize with pairing students who are knowledgeable about the process and the college experience with first generation students to really capitalize on the information & knowledge sharing.

    Photo of Edwin Lagos
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    Kate, 

    The idea to strategize and pair students can be really powerful. You should join in on the google doc as we hash this idea out!

    Also, love your idea of partnering freshmen through their respective journeys in high school and college. There's definitely a transfer of knowledge that could be done from college students, to high school students and then down to the little ones!

    Photo of Angelo Truglio
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    Thanks for adding me to the team Edwin!  Students learn from each other in more ways then we realize.  Excited to IDEATE with both Kid's Master Class and Peer 2 Peer Mentorship !  I will look over the google doc.

    Photo of Paula Marra
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    Hey Edwin!

    LOOOVE this and that you have a doc! I jumped right in :-). Hope you don't mind! Let's flesh out this idea and scale! Michael Schurr I shared with Edwin the template you shared with me when I first joined the TG. Clint Heitz I think we should do this with your idea too! I wrote on your post! COLLABORATION ROCKS!

    Photo of Michael Schurr
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    Since it is your post, how about you get it started? I believe we have added a place in the post where you can upload the doc so others can join in.  Let me know if you have any questions. I might add some guiding questions to help us flesh it out in more detail if that's cool.  

    Photo of Edwin Lagos
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    Sounds good! Michael Schurr Clint Heitz I've started a google doc on here we can use. 

    Photo of Clint Heitz
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    Great idea, Edwin! I've done smaller versions of this with junior high students reading to elementary students and communicating via blog, too. However, I like your more organized, long-term approach. Plus, it provides authentic experiences for the high school students to research colleges during their own processes.

    Photo of Michael Schurr
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    Hi Edwin, totally cool idea! I have always been a big fan of having high school students work with elementary students.  Sounds like we are on the same page as my post was about having college freshman serve as high school college advisors. I wonder if we could bring our two ideas together. Want to work collaboratively in a google doc?

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    Photo of Edwin Lagos
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    Definitely! Do you want to make it or should I?