Mentors 4 College
College & Post-High School Planning: What do I do now?
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Our College Mentoring Program
Who We Are
We are a nonprofit organization whose volunteers mentor high school students on their college journeys, help increase the reach of high school counselors and help build college-savvy communities.
Local Mentors for a Better Community
We believe in the strength of our local roots for creating a lasting impact in our communities. Our volunteer mentors are highly trained, come from the high school communities that they serve and work simultaneously with both students and their families. We currently partner with multiple school districts in Missouri, and are in the process of developing branches in California, Colorado and North Carolina.
We believe that every student should be able to find and achieve their ideal post-high school plan academic path, regardless of their career goals or their financial circumstances. As such, our one-to-one mentoring services are provided free of charge. Normally, our 1-to-1 mentoring is face-to-face, but currently we are providing this mentoring via videoconference and teleconference.
All of our volunteer mentors have been through a formal training program that teaches them how to work with high school students and their parents to help them:
- Identify their best fit educational path after high school (even if that doesn't include college)
- Trade schools, two-year colleges, 4-year colleges and universities, specialty schools and/or technical schools, and apprenticeships
- Identify their strengths, weaknesses and interests, as well as their social and financial needs
- Ensure their high school educational trajectory matches their post-high school plans
- Develop the needed extracurricular and leadership skills, as well as prepare for the necessary standardized tests
- Select schools and submit their applications
- Understand and apply for scholarships and financial aid
Why We Make a Difference
-Mentors 4 College mentors are all highly-trained volunteers. Each one of our mentors has joined our program solely to help students reach their potential and achieve their goals.
-We are, first and foremost, guides and cheerleaders, helping both students and parents to navigate the college selection and admission process. This is your journey and we're here to help keep you on the trail.
-We run annual essay writing workshops, career planning workshops and college interviewing workshops to help you present yourself in the best way.
-Your mentor will meet with you as often as you'd like (within their time limits, of course), but typically for a few hours each semester while you're in the program.
Our 2020 workshop date and location are TBD. Students will learn how to confidently interview with college admissions officers and will practice the techniques they learn during 2 mock interviews. Check back for final dates & locations.
Throughout the school year, we host lectures addressing competitive college admissions processes with admissions officers, financial awareness for both parents and students, standardized test preparation, college athletics recruiting and more. Click here for upcoming events!
Essay Writing Workshop - ONLINE!
Rising seniors can create an essay worthy of an admissions or scholarship application! This fantastic course is now online in a self-paced version using our Thinkific Learning Management System. Go here to take the course!
Stay tuned in case the course can be held in person this summer!
Students have the opportunity to hear from 50 speakers about careers in Engineering, Healthcare, Software, Communications and Business & Entrepreneurship. Stay tuned for 2021 dates.
A recent mentee parent said:
"Thanks! You were a tremendous help getting us pointed in the right direction."
Another mentee parent wrote:
I wanted to send you a quick email to thank you for your part in supporting our son during his college application process.
He took the advice offered through the college mentor program and applied to several levels of schools.
He was accepted to Columbia, University of Chicago, Duke, Harvard, University of Minnesota, Washington State and Yale, many of whom offered him full scholarships.
He has chosen to attend Harvard in the fall to study physics.
We are truly grateful for the resources offered through Parkway North and appreciate all of the college mentors.
A former mentee said:
"It has been a great help and support to walk with you throughout [my] high school especially in [my] junior and senior year. I felt as if I was walking in the dark until you intervened and redirected us toward the best path."