Maryknoll Mentoring Program
About the Program
Alumni, parents, and friends of Maryknoll make a difference in the lives of Maryknoll high school students by volunteering their time and sharing their experiences and insights as mentors. In the spirit of Noblesse Oblige, the Maryknoll Mentoring Program connects mentors and students in a lasting network of support and giving. Mentors engage with students in various short-term mentoring opportunities to help them discover their passions, develop professional skills, and set college, career, and life goals.
In the Fall and Spring of each year, mentors will be matched with a 10th or 11th grade student based on career interests. Mentors will help students develop professional skills and explore their career interests. Over a span of 3 months, matches participate in two 4-hour long group mentoring sessions, which are held at Maryknoll School and facilitated by the program coordinator. Activities include trust/team building games, career inventorying, informational interviewing, resume building, mock interviewing, networking, and goal setting. Additionally, all mentors must coordinate a 4 hour job shadow or other professional experience for their mentee to participate in. Planning assistance will be provided by the program coordinator.
Monthly Lunchtime Career Panels
On the last Wednesday of each month, a panel of up to 4 diverse professionals share their professional experiences and insights with high school students. A list of pre-determined questions will be asked by the moderator and open Q & A will follow. Mentors are asked to bring a show-and-tell item that reflects aspects of their profession. These lunchtime career panels are available to 9th through 12th grade students who are interested in learning more about different careers and networking with panelists.
In April, mentors from diverse professional backgrounds are invited to support various career exploration activities with 9th and 10th grade students. Activities and volunteer needs vary from year to year and may include participating in a networking session with high school students, sitting on a career panel, speaking about your career, or presenting on a topic of your expertise.
Now recruiting mentors for Spring 2013!
Alumni, parents, and friends of Maryknoll are invited to attend an Information Session on January 14 to learn more about the various mentoring opportunities and how to become a mentor.
Click here to register for the Information Session.