Mentoring Program To successfully implement a comprehensive orientation program for incoming freshmen.
What Incoming Freshmen Face ● New surroundings ● Changes in classroom expectations ● New peers ● Larger, unfamiliar surroundings ● Increased pressure on maintaining good grades ● More choices in course selection ● More choices in school related activities
What Incoming Freshmen Face ● Need for time management skills ● Changes in instructional techniques ● Increase in student autonomy ● Fewer teacher reminders, less guidance ● More negative experiences ● Pressure concerning post graduation education and/or career options ● More dependence on peers for self concept ● Peer relations dominating factor
Goals of a Student to Student Mentoring Program I. Provide significant interaction and communication with incoming freshmen. II. Provide information and encourage involvement for incoming freshmen. III. Provide positive reinforcement for classroom effort, social behavior, and school attendance.
Five Step Summary of the Kickoff Program (Adapted from The Kickoff Program, developed by Lee Lonzo) Step One: Kickoff Coordinator Workshop Step Two: Kickoff Mentor Training Day Step Three: Kickoff Day (August 10, 2008) Step Four: Kickoff Connections Step Five: Coordinator Follow Up
Selection of Mentors Number of mentors needed: 4-6 per homeroom of freshmen form a team Application process held in early spring Teacher evaluations and screening NFL type draft held by Freshmen Academy teachers to choose mentors Minimum requirements: grade point average (predetermined by administration), school attendance and good disciplinary records
Team leader chosen for each team: provide communications to other team members Profile of Mentors: 2/3 seniors, 1/3 juniors; equal number of males and females, should reflect the diversity of students in the school Selection of Mentors
Qualities of a Mentor good listener, good speaker, caring, confident, respectful, energetic, enthusiastic, spirited, compliant of school rules, completes tasks in a timely manner, takes the initiative, considered a leader by peers and teachers
Expectations of KOM’s ● Ministry ● Run a comprehensive orientation day for freshmen ● Implement periodic planned KOM connections ● Make at least 3 contacts with their freshmen per month ● List of expectations given on application ● Embrace the motto: “Failure is not an option for MY freshmen”
Assignment of Freshmen to KOM’s ● Assigned randomly, or alphabetically by Coordinators or NFL type draft among team mentors ● 4-6 freshmen per mentor ● Freshmen complete “Freshmanaire” form and given to their assigned mentor
Kick Off Day ● Pep Session & Welcome ● Ice breakers / Spirit building activities ● Team building activities ● Awareness of opportunities offered at the High School (Club Rush) ● Familiarizing freshmen with school rules and procedures ● Discussing the in’s and out’s of “lost, lunch, & lockers.” ● Running a mini schedule ● Locating classrooms, meeting teachers ● Food, music, dancing, door prizes, and FUN! ● Parent orientation
Rebel Kick Off Agenda ● Registration ● Breakout Sessions 1-4 ● Welcome/Pep Sessions ● Orientation Sessions ● Parent Orientation ● Mini Schedule ● Wrap Up Session
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