Starting a new school is hard, especially if you are new in town. Help incoming freshman and new students in your school by starting a mentoring program.
Get a committee together and think of an outline for the program. Use our example as a starting point.
- Goal: To have older students help younger students become familiar with the school.
- How: Recruit students to be mentors by advertising around school.
- When: Mentoring program can be during school hours so everyone can participate.
- New Students: Every new student and freshman would get a mentor to help them throughout the year.
- Result: Their high school experience will be better.
You have to get permission from your principal first. Impress him or her by making a power point presentation of the plan.
Advertise by posting posters or handing out flyers around school. You can also send a Facebook invite to all of your classmates explaining what you’re doing and why.
Mentor your Mentors
Once everyone is signed up, have a mentor training session. Some activities can be:
- Ice breakers
- Scavenger hunts to see how well they know the school.
- Give a mentor a situation that would likely happen to see how he or she could handle it.
Make sure to emphasize that a mentor:
- Does not judge
- Knows his or her way around
Give freshman and new students a mentor. Give them a calendar of orientation days and fun events.
- If a mentor and student don’t get along, just switch them up!
- Don’t make the mentor meetings a total bore. Create a fun environment that will make people want to come back.
- If you want to join a mentorship program or need extra help starting your own, check these links out:
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