MESA is seeking mentors for the graduating class of 2014. The senior year is a busy time filled with excitement and anxiety surrounding preparation for life after high school. All MESA seniors will be applying to at least four colleges and four scholarships. This process includes; filling out college applications, writing a personal statement, editing essays for scholarships, requesting letters of recommendation, retaking the ACT or SAT, applying for FAFSA, preparing a resume, practicing interview skills and making a lot of tough decisions about the future. If you would like to help a small group of seniors (4-5 students) as they navigate through this process please see the time commitment below.
Informational Meeting: Wednesday Aug 28th from 5:30-6:30 pm at Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts. The new MESA building is located at 8980 York Street, Suite A, Thornton, CO 80229. We will meet on the third floor in the Post-Secondary Options room. We will provide more detailed information about the MESA Mentors program and offer insight from former students and mentors who have participated in the program. This is also a time we can answer any questions you may have about this opportunity.
Monthly meetings: Mentors will come to MESA once a month to meet with their mentees. Mentors will spend the first half hour with the Post-Secondary Coach and Transition Coordinator for a 30 minute training on the day’s topic. Mentors will then have 90 minutes of work time with their group of students to check in with each of them, help them with the project we are working on that day, and make goals for the coming month. The last 20 minutes is spend in a class debrief and celebrations. Monthly Topics are outlined below.
Email and Phone Communication: We hope that students and mentors will keep in touch between monthly meetings. We would like mentors and students to correspond with each other via email, texting or phone every other week if possible.
Tentative Dates for 2013-14 Finalized Dates will be reviewed at Information Session
Tuesday Sept 17th 1:00-3:20 Introductions and getting to know your students-Resumes and Personal Statements
Tuesday Oct 8th 1:00-3:20 Editing the Personal Statement and the College List
Tuesday Nov 5th 1:00-3:20 College Application Day
Tuesday Dec 10th 1:00-3:20 College Application Day
Tuesday Jan 14th 1:00-3:20 Understanding Financial Aid/ Mapleton Scholarship
Tuesday Feb 11th 1:00-3:20 Mapleton Scholarship
Tuesday March 11th 1:00-3:20 MESA Mock Interview Day
Tuesday April 15th 1:00-3:20 PSO Portfolio for Passages
Tuesday May 6th 1:00-3:20 Decision Making Time and End of Year Celebration
Optional: Friday May23rd (Time TBD) Senior Passage Presentations
Optional: Thursday May 29th 6:00-9:00 pm MESA Graduation Ceremony
Contact Us and Register for Information Session:
The feedback from students is overwhelmingly positive and mentors have expressed that the experience is very rewarding. Please consider this opportunity. If you think you can make this commitment please contact Katie Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-908-3400 to register for the information session on Wed Aug 28th from 5:30-6:30pm.
MESA is located at 8980 York Street, Suite A, Thornton, CO 80206, 10 miles north of Denver.