As part of our mission to mentor and encourage youths to enter professional careers, VAPW began a mentoring program with the goal of guiding and motivating students to succeed in high school and beyond. VAPW aims to connect our mentees with role models and the resources to support their academic journey, and to encourage them in their career exploration and community engagement. Our mentoring families will include professionals, college students, and high school students.

Selection of high school sophomores began in 2018 for this 3-year program to nurture the students. Upon completion of each year, each student will receive $500 set aside toward their college fund.

Primary goal for each year is to assist, encourage and support mentees as follows:

Sophomore year: expose mentees to the different options for colleges and careers

Junior year: prepare mentees for college application process

Senior year: assist mentee with college applications and decisions

Mentorship Events

Mentees End of School Year Workshop - May 2019

Mentees got together to celebrate the end of the school year and participated in a workshop to prepare their college brag sheets and college application essays.

Mentees College Tour - September 2018

Mentees participated in a campus tour of Santa Clara University and San Jose State University.

HP Campus Tour - June 2018

Mentees were treated to a coporate tour at HP headquarters where they engaged with a career panel and got introduced to HP teams, culture and products.