West Side High School Mentoring Program

To all prospective mentors welcome to West Side High School! Our partners at MENTOR Newark and the Newark Board of Education are very excited to welcome you to this unique mentoring experience. Due to the many restrictions caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic this mentoring initiative will be a virtual experience. All mentee/mentor engagement will be text based via the MENTOR Newark app.

Before we get started we wanted you to know about our school and our principal, Akbar Cook. The videos below will give you some insight into the West Side High School story.

The MENTOR Newark App

Through this app you will connect with your mentees.

Here is a brief video.

1. DOWNLOAD APP

The MENTOR Newark App is available for free downlaod at both the Apple App store and GooglePlay store

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2. COMPLETE BACKGROUND CHECK

All prospective mentors are required to have an up to date background check. Please click the link below to complete the background check application.

*All background checks are performed by Sterling.

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3. COMPLETE MENTOR SURVEY

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And we are ready to start!  You will be invited to the next Mentoring 101

training. All of the information can be found in the link below. See you then!

ELEMENTS OF EFFECTIVE PRACTICE FOR MENTORING
National Mentoring Partnership

Please complete the following three steps as soon as possible so we can match you with an incredible

West Side High School student!

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TYPES OF MENTORING

Peer Mentoring

Female Mentoring

Group Mentoring

Workplace Mentoring

S.T.E.M. Mentoring

LBGTQ Mentoring

Male Mentoring

Team Mentoring

REMINDER

Organizations typically prioritize building emotional bonds between mentors and mentees. But research makes clear that effective programs emphasize the development of specific social, emotional, and intellectual skills.

Older and Wiser: New Ideas for Youth Mentoring in the 21st Century, Harvard University Press 2020

Author: Dr. Jean E. Rhodes

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MENTORING LIFE CYCLE

INTRODUCTORY STAGE

  • Listen!

  • Be Consistent

  • Be Present!

  • Wellness checks

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

STAGE

  • Open up

  • Explore interests

  • Ask questions

  • Remain Consistent

GROWTH

  • Acceptance

  • Career Exploration

  • Cultivate the relationship

MATURATION

  • Ask more challenging questions

  • Be more accepting 

  • Coach

  • Prepare to transition relationship

TRANSITION TERMINATION

  • Begin closure

  • Ask questions on next steps

  • Acknowledge mentees participation

WHAT IS A MENTOR?

Defining the role of Mentor?

Mentors ARE

  • Confidant

  • Listening ear

  • Consistent adult

  • Caring adult

  • Non Judgemental

  • Good Listener

  • Mandated Reporter

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Mentors are NOT

  • Trained Therapist

  • Piggy Bank

  • Peer 

  • Parent

  • Disciplinarian

  • Tutor

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THE IMPACT OF MENTORING

What does the data say about mentoring and the impact it has on future generations.

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  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. (Public/Private Ventures Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)

 

  • Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are:

    • 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs

    • 27% less likely to start drinking. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)

  • Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are:

    • 81% more likely to participate regularly in sports or extracurricular activities than those who do not. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)

  • Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)

  • In addition to better school attendance and a better chance of going on to higher education, mentored youth maintain better attitudes toward school. (The Role of Risk, 2013)

  • A study showed that the strongest benefit from mentoring, and most consistent across risk groups, was a reduction in depressive symptoms — particularly noteworthy given that almost one in four youth reported worrisome levels of these symptoms at baseline.            (The Role of Risk, 2013)

  • Mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them. (The Role of Risk, 2013)

THE WESTSIDE MENTORING EXPERIENCE 

Ana Olivera: Mentoring coordinator, Westside High School

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RECRUITMENT

ONGOING

  • West Side mentorship program is incorporated into the classroom curriculum to further engage the students

  • Ongoing recruitment for all students at West Side

BACKGROUND CHECK

FRIDAY

11/13

  • It takes 2-3 minutes to complete

  • Then take 48 hours to clear 

  • The process is supported through Sterling Volunteers platform for volunteers

INTEREST SURVEY

FRIDAY

11/13

  • It takes 2 minutes to complete

  • Includes questions about hobbies and any relevant past mentorship experience

  • Your match will be based on the answers to the last couple of questions on this survey

DOWNLOAD THE APP

FRIDAY

11/13

  • It takes 1 minute to download the app from the Apple app store or the google play store under MENTOR Newark

  • Fill out the sign up page with your full name and email

  • You will then be prompted to a screen that says 'thank you for signing up' which will not disappear until you are matched in a week

MENTORING 101 TRAINING

ONGOING

  • The basics of mentorship and the impact it has on future generations

  • Guidance for 7 months of mentorship to enhance your experience with your mentee

MATCHING

THURSDAY

11/19

  • Once you are matched with the Westside High School students you will receive a notification on the app and an email from Ana

THE FIRST TEXT

FRIDAY

11/20

  • This is the first impression you will make on your group of mentees 

  • We encourage that you start by sharing a 'GLOWS, LOWS & HEORES' with your pod

    • GLOWS: ​highlight of your week

    • LOWS: struggle/challenge of your week

    • HEROES: notable person who made your week special 

FREQUENCY: WEEKLY

24 HOUR RESPONSE WINDOW

  • Once a week you will reach out to your mentees on the app asking them to share their  successes/challenges of the week 

  • 15 minutes of weekly interaction minimum

  • We ask that you respond within a 24 hour window to your pod

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

24/7

TROUBLE SHOOTING

ONGOING

  • If you have any tech issues contact Ana

    • Trouble downloading the app

    • App crashes

    • "I have not been matched"

  • If you have any engagement issues, inappropriate texts, or no contact reach out

IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION

MONDAY - FRIDAY

  • You will receive updates and other program information via notifications on the app

    • including school updates and contest announcements​

  • Active students will be incentivized via leaderboard points 

FIRST TEXT TALKING POINTS

THANK YOU

and again Welcome to Westside High School!

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DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS

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CONTACT

ANA OLIVERA

MENTORING COORDINATOR WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL

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