Project Overview

Project: Spring 2015 College and Career Exploration
Teacher: Charlotte Gray
School: Holt High School
Location: 600 Campus Drive
Start Date: 01/15/2015
End Date: 05/08/2015

Participant totals:
Student Participants: 8
Mentor Participants: 4

Survey Totals:
Teacher Survey: 1
Student Surveys: 8
Mentor Surveys: 4

Mentor Project Survey Results

Please indicate the student skill areas that you feel you influenced through this project.
0 - Improved math comprehension and ability
0 - Improved science comprehension and ability
4 - Improved written communication skills
4 - Improved basic research skills
3 - Improved project management skills
2 - Improved collaboration skills

Please indicate if your mentoring support aided your student in the following areas.
4 - Better understanding of a professional work environment
4 - Improved awareness of post-secondary educational opportunities
3 - Increased desire to research and plan for post-secondary education
3 - Improved awareness of the value of a professional support network

The average quality of the messages received from students throughout the project.

Did your student share a final product (presentation, research report, plan, etc) with you for this project?
0 - N/A
1 - Yes
3 - No

Average level and quality of assistance received from the teacher throughout the project.

Average level and quality of assistance you received from Mentored Pathways staff throughout the project.

Things either the teacher or the Mentored Pathways Staff do to make a similar project more successful.
The overall set-up of this project was great and I believe the student learned a lot through the project. However, it would have been helpful to hear from the teacher more frequently in terms of what the students were working on, what was happening in class, etc. For a 17 week project, the teacher only communicated 4 times (all in the first 2 months of the project). My student was very disciplined and focused so she completed all the assignments and kept me informed of what she was working on in class.

Feedback regarding the quality of the student's final project as well as suggestions for improvement.
Hope shared the aspects of the project but not a full project with all the pieces put together.
I thought my student did a great job with the final project, summarizing what she had learned throughout the project. In some sections of the powerpoint, it would have been helpful to have added more details and additional interviews, but I'm not sure of the teacher's expectations for the final project.

Overall experience in the program.

Would you consider mentoring new students in the future?
0 - No
4 - Yes

Why or why not.
It's always fun to work with students on developing future college and career plans! It's wonderful to have an oppotunity to share what I have learned and provide insights/guidance.

The most rewarding aspect of participating.
Working with my student! She was very motivated and focused on doing her best throughout the project. She seemed to really learn a lot during our time together and in her class (including working in an elementary school classroom!).

The most difficult aspect of participating.
I think my most difficult aspect was keeping in tune with the teacher's expectations. I have to admit I was shocked when I learned that Hope was not keeping up on the project. Its not easy for the mentor to be aware of not keeping up with the class and I appreciated being made aware.
Two things: 1) Lack of teacher communication (hard to know project timing, expectations, etc.) 2) Finding enough professional interviews. This project involved getting 4-5 professionals to answer the student's questions whereas most of the other career projects I have worked with involved getting responses from 2-3 professionals. Depending on the nature of the career, finding 4-5 professionals that will answer a student's questions is pretty difficult.

First time you've been part of a formal mentoring program.
4 - No
0 - Yes