Mentors needed for first-generation students! Learn how you can help at the Transitioning Together Open House on November 2

Do you want to give back to the Newton North community? Have your children gone through the post-high school planning process, turning you into a veteran of college applications and more?

Your expertise is needed! Help a family inexperienced with the post-high-school planning process stay on track during junior and senior year. You are invited to attend an informational open house on Thursday, November 2, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Newton North cafeteria to learn more.

For more information or if you have questions, please visit http://www.nnhst2.org/get-involved.html

Goals of Transitioning Together

  • Help families make sense of and use the resources that Newton North provides
  • Guide families through Newton North's College Planning Guide and help them adhere to its timeline for post-high-school planning
  • Better integrate families into the Newton North community
  • Build a trust relationship with another family over time

Mentor qualifications

  • Recent experience going through the college application process with your own child(ren)
  • A sincere desire to assist a student and his/her family with post-high-school planning
  • An ability to communicate appropriately, openly, and without judgment
  • Practical problem-solving skills
  • Strong listening skills
  • Commitment to continually work on establishing and growing a relationship
  • An ability to suggest alternatives in a respectful and collaborative way
  • Sensitivity to persons of all backgrounds
  • Knowledge of a second language in addition to English a plus

Responsibilities, Commitment, and Support

  1. Attend a 1.5-hour in-person mentor training session prior to beginning the mentoring relationship
  2. Make a commitment of 5 to 10 hours/month for 18 months in order to develop and maintain a relationship with a high school junior/senior and his/her family
  3. Responsibilities include
    1. Attending monthly group meetings with other mentors and mentees and Newton North staff
    2. Communicating and meeting with mentee and family regularly

Steps to becoming a mentor

  • Complete online application
  • Complete CORI and SORI application
  • Participate in 20-minute phone interview with program staff
  • Attend 1.5-hour training session
  • Attend first monthly group meeting and meet mentee family