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Mentor Michigan and Michigan Campus Compact developed the College Positive Mentoring Toolkit, designed to provide mentors with information, conversation starters, match activity ideas, and ...

Mentor Michigan and Michigan Campus Compact developed the College Positive Mentoring Toolkit, designed to provide mentors with information, conversation starters, match activity ideas, and ready-to-use activities, to help their mentees take important steps towards higher education

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  • COLLEGE POSITIVE MENTORING TOOLKIT Help them get there!  
  • Outline
    • What is College Positive Mentoring?
    • Toolkit Overview
    • College Access
      • Overview
      • In Mentoring Programs
    • Incorporating College Access into your Mentoring Program
      • Examples from the Field
      • Toolkit Walk-Through
  • College Positive Mentoring
    • Encourages and creates a pathway for young people involved in mentoring relationships to consider, plan for, and attend post-secondary institutions.
    • Close and effective mentoring relationships provides young people with the developmental resources needed for success. 
    • Through the existing trusting and caring relationship, mentors have the unique opportunity to infuse college and career focused activities into existing match meetings and events.
    • Help youth succeed both personally and academically, setting them on the pathway for higher education!
  • College Positive Mentoring Toolkit
    • Mentor Michigan and Michigan Campus Compact developed the College Positive Mentoring Toolkit, designed to provide mentors with the resources needed to help their mentees take important steps towards higher education.
      • Information for Mentors, Mentees, and Families
      • Conversation Starters
      • Match Activity Ideas
      • Ready-to-Use Activities
  • Toolkit Pieces
    • Elementary School Students
      • Conversation Starters and Tips
      • Match Activity Ideas
      • Reading Materials
      • Ready-To-Use Match Activities
    • Middle School Students
      • Conversation Starters and Tips
      • Match Activity Ideas
      • Reading Materials
      • Ready-To-Use Match Activities
    • High School Students
      • Conversation Starters and Tips
      • Match Activity Ideas
      • Helpful Websites and Resources
      • Ready-To-Use Match Activities
    • Additional Resources
      • Talking Points About Your College
      • Where Can You Learn Job-Related Skills?
      • Explore Possible Careers
      • Overview of Internet Resources
      • Ways to Pay for College
      • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Glossary of Terms
  • Activity Coding Legend Community-Based Matches School or Site-Based Matches Need access to a computer with internet
  • What is College?
    • Colleges and Universities (4 years or more)
    • Community and Junior Colleges (2 years or less)
    • Vocational, technical, and business schools
  • College Access
    • Encouraging and helping K-12 youth consider, plan for, and attend postsecondary institutions after high school
    • Efforts are often aimed at underrepresented students, especially low-income and first-generation (or first in their families to go to college) students.
    • However, the goal is college access for all.
  • Barriers to College
    • Culture
      • College is not attainable
      • Lack of support from family members
      • First in their family
    • Academic Preparedness
      • Lack of preparatory courses or AP classes
      • ACT or SAT
      • Study habits
      • School Attendance
    • Finding a School
      • Michigan Counselor to Student Ratio is 1: 643 (U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2010)
      • Applying
      • Visiting Colleges
      • Majors
    • Paying for College
      • FAFSA
      • Loans
      • Scholarships
  • College Access in Michigan
    • 36% of Michigan residents hold a 2-year degree or higher, which is below the national average of 38% (Lumina Foundation, 2010)
    • 62 percent of Michigan’s jobs will require postsecondary education by 2018 ( Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2010)
  • College Access in Mentoring Programs
    • Research suggests that students who engage with a mentor for a sustained period of time are more likely to attend post-secondary institutions.
      • Mentors can provide the support, encouragement, and resources to set their mentees on a path for further education.
      • Preparing for education beyond high school can be a daunting task for young people and their mentors. The College Positive Mentoring Toolkit offers tangible activities and ideas to facilitate discussion and resource sharing among mentors, mentees, and families.
      • Creating the college-going mentality.
  • What is a College Positive Mentor?
    • A College Positive Mentor is a mentor who is aware of how they impact the college future of their mentee
    • Mentors are perfect for increasing college access in Michigan because…
      • They are already interacting with their mentee on a regular basis
      • They are a caring adult (other than a parent, counselor or teacher) and therefore, the youth may be more likely to listen to them
  • What is the Mentor’s Role?
    • College Positive Mentors:
      • Offer encouragement and support
      • Promote the college going mindset
      • Expose their mentee to the resources and options that make college a realistic option
      • Equip their mentees with tools and knowledge to explore and pursue higher education
      • Draw healthy boundaries between the role of the mentor, mentee, and mentee’s parent(s)/guardian(s)
  • College Positive Mentors are…
    • Resources, NOT Experts!
  • Things to Keep in Mind
    • Cultural differences regarding college attendance
    • Various avenues of higher education
    • Nonjudgmental mindset
    • Needs of first generation college students
    • Respectful of the values of the mentee and their families
    • “ Yes, you can” versus “maybe, you can” or “maybe, you can’t”
  • College Access in Practice
    • Melissa Olgine
      • Mentor Michigan College Coaching Corps AmeriCorps Member
      • The H.O.P.E. Mentoring Program
    • Amanda Kanter
      • Mentor Michigan College Coaching Corps AmeriCorps Member
      • Madonna University
    • Nicole Rial
      • Mentor Michigan College Coaching Corps AmeriCorps Member
      • Kellogg Community College
  • Detroit Pistons Mini-Grants
    • In April, the Detroit Pistons and Mentor Michigan awarded 11 mini-grants as part of the first-ever Detroit Pistons Mini-Grants. Mini-grants were used to host structured match activities that promote college access and encourage mentees to think about post-secondary education.
      • College Visits and Campus Scavenger Hunts
      • College Access Panel Discussions
      • Vision/Future Boards
      • College Access and Financial Aid Assistance Nights
      • Planning for College Sessions with Matches
  • Winning Futures
    • Tour of Oakland University
    • Planning for College 101 Session
    • Planning for College 201 Session
  • BBBS Michigan Capital Region
    • Graduation Celebration
    • Guest Speaker: Former Michigan State University football player TJ Duckett
    • Assistance with college applications, financial aid information, and the Michigan College Access Portal
  • Toolkit Walk-Through
    • www.mentormichigan.org
  • College Positive Mentoring Toolkit
    • The College Positive Mentoring Toolkit and ready-to-use activities are available to download at www.mentormichigan.org
    • Printed versions are available to purchase for $12.00/ea (includes shipping).
  • Questions or Comments?