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WBL: Mentoring

WBL = Work-Based Learning

Mentoring connects students to people in jobs, careers, or industries that teens might not typically have access to. This enables them to develop a network with industry professionals, practice communication skills, and foster their own skills. A mentorship is a great way to make the connection between classroom experiences and the  workplace. It also:


  • Builds self-esteem, self-worth, confidence, and flexibility;
  • Builds occupational knowledge;
  • Enables students to begin identifying areas of career interest;
  • Offers positive life outcomes for students; and
  • Builds their knowledge about the education and training needed for a particular job, career path, and entry into the industry.


A successful mentorship involves:

  • Setting clear and reasonable expectations for student and mentor;
  • A long-term commitment from an adult role model (generally at least a year);
  • A student's classroom preparation and subsequent reflection on the experience;
  • A focus on building mutual trust and respect; and
  • Routine meetings or communication with enough regularity to develop a strong relationship.


Interest Form

Volunteer Application (required background check)


FCPS provides mentor training and a guide to help facilitate the program. A mentor can meet with as many as four students or opt for the traditional 1:1 ratio.

  • The goal is to meet monthly while school is in session.
  • Meetings can be at school or online.

Afterward, students will log their reflection piece and the mentor will submit a survey to share feedback with the district.