College Positive Mentoring Toolkit


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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 ready-to-use activities, to help their mentees take important steps towards higher education

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College Positive Mentoring Toolkit

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