Community Schools Initiative and MENTOR Independence Region to Host Unique Mentor Training Program at George Washington High School
A Mentoring Workshop for High School Students in North East Philadelphia
MENTOR Independence Region, a mentoring resource center operated by Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Education’s Community Schools initiative, will facilitate a workshop and training session called Building Your Dream Team: How to Find and Make the Most of Mentors. The interactive workshop will be held at George Washington High School where students will learn how they can identify the most beneficial mentors for their intended goals, how to set healthy boundaries within a mentoring relationship, and how they can maximize their mentor-mentee relationship to achieve their full potential.
Evidence shows that youth who are mentored demonstrate a propensity toward positive behavioral traits that include: better school attendance; better overall attitudes toward school; greater likelihood of pursuing higher education opportunities; reduced likelihood of substance abuse and other risky behaviors. Further, mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships, as well as improved communication and trust between child and parent/guardian. (Source: S. Jekielek, K. Moore, E. Hair and H. Scarupa 2002; Mentoring Programs and Youth Development: A Synthesis; Washington, DC: ChildTrends). Additional research shows that one out of three youth will reach the age of 18 without the benefit of a positive mentor.
- Marcus Allen, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region
- Abigail Ellis, Executive Directory, MENTOR Independence Region
- Caitlyn Boyle, Mayor’s Office of Education
- 25 high school students at George Washington High School
Tuesday, March 27th
from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
George Washington High School
10175 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19116
- BBBS Independence CEO, Marcus Allen, addressing the crowd about the work of MENTOR Independence Region and the importance of mentoring for youth and communities
- 25 high school students participating in a multi-media experience using celebrity videos, text polls, and hands-on activities to help participants answer important questions such as: What role does a mentor play in a mentee’s life? Where can I find good mentors? How do I ask someone to mentor me?
- High school students sharing their experiences, hopes and dreams