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.
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.
Tools and Materials
Mentors and participants can use the following resources to plan, implement, and review.