POCAHONTAS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL MENTOR PROGRAM
The Mentor Program reflects the belief that people in government, business, health, the arts, media, social services, education and related fields can provide a unique and worthwhile learning experience for young people through the exposure to a work environment. This exposure will enhance the learning of the high school participants and at the same time allow them to experience the real world of work.
The Mentor Program will permit students who are eligible for the program through the honors/advanced education and/or vocational programs to spend part of the instructional day with selected mentors in the community or school community. This time with the mentor will provide an opportunity for the students to learn more about a possible career and allow them time to learn new skills and concepts.
Once the students have designated their field of interest, mentors in the community will be selected on the basis of their (1) qualifications; (2) ability to offer a stimulating internship with observation; (3) readiness to involve the student in the project; (4) sensitivity to the concerns of youth; and (5) willingness to devote personal attention to the student.
School personnel in cooperation with the selected mentor will define the role of the student and identify talents, skills, training and knowledge required for the mentorship. This one-to-one relationship between the mentor, student and the supervisors of the program is crucial to the success of the student’s mentorship experience.
Academic credit may be given for participation in the program providing the supervising teacher and/or the program coordinator recommend it. If credit is given, the amount will be determined by the number of class periods devoted to the program, the design of the program and expected student performance. This decision will be made before the mentorship begins.
The mentor, along with the supervising teacher, will evaluate the progress of the student. The mentor will submit a recommended grade to the supervisor of the program whenever the student is to receive credit for the mentorship.
The student must meet with the supervisor of the program at least once during the nine week period and with the supervising teacher at least once each week.
Students must provide their own transportation to and from their internship if and when it is necessary to travel.
The student must have school insurance or have proof of family coverage before the mentorship can begin.
Parents must approve the mentorship and sign a waiver relieving the school of responsibility for the student during the time spent with the mentor if the mentorship occurs at a place other than the school.
Students in the program will be expected to:
1.) Participate in the program for at least nine weeks. (The program may be longer based on individual needs.)
2.) Submit an academic resume. This resume will include goals for the mentorship, academic record, future plans, three teacher recommendations (profile information with an average of 40), personal data information and any additional information the student may want to include.
3.) Define with the mentor(s) the expectations for the mentorship.
4.) Demonstrate accuracy, promptness, motivation, independent work abilities and practice.
5.) Keep a daily log of activities. Submit this log to the supervisor of the program or supervising teacher weekly.
6.) Demonstrate what has been learned by presenting evidence of the experience. This to be determined in advance by the student and the supervising teacher.
7.) Be responsible for keeping informed of all other school business (activities, senior activities, policy changes) while participating in the mentor program.
8.) Maintain a passing average in all classes during the mentorship.
9.) Observe school rules and policies, as well as those established by the mentor, during the mentorship.
10.) Provide evidence of medical/accident and automobile insurance coverage.
11.) Follow the schedule established for program.
12.) Maintain an acceptable attendance record. Acceptable, meaning less than ten days absent for the school year. If absences exceed ten days, then the mentorship is suspended until the days are made up. If attendance becomes a problem, then the mentorship will be terminated.
13.) Secure the approval of the teachers whose classes will be missed during the mentorship.
14.) Complete the application for consideration into the program according to the requirements included with the application.
15.) Submit the application to the supervisor of the program.
16.) Demonstrate respect for the mentor and the rules of the program.
17.) Maintain a B average in conduct.
18.) Participate in the mentorship program without receiving pay or benefits other than the educational experience.
19.) Notify mentor and supervising teacher if unable to be present at the appointed time.
20.) Notify supervising teacher immediately if a problem develops with the mentorship.
21.) Dress appropriately for the mentorship. Appropriate dress will be defined by the mentor and the supervisor of the program.
22.) Remember the time spent with the mentor is considered to be part of the instructional day and, therefore, attendance, behavior and work habits should reflect this. REMEMBER YOU REPRESENT POCAHONTAS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL.
Mentors will be expected to:
- Provide an internship experience without pay (or additional pay) which is broadly educational in scope, supports the goals of the student and is directed toward providing the student with a more in-depth study of a particular area of interest.
- Inform the student of teacher expectations for the chosen project or area of study.
- Communicate with the supervising teacher as necessary. Notify the supervisor of the program immediately if a problem arises with the student.
- Evaluate the student at the end of the mentorship or at the end of each grading period. Submit grades to supervisor of the program.
- Submit a resume to the supervisor of the program. The resume should include educational background and/or training which the mentor has received which qualifies him/her to be a mentor. Also include number of years of experience in the field of expertise.
- Provide a safe working environment for the student.
- Instruct the student about the safety rules to be followed.
- Require the student to comply with all rules – school, safety, etc. Notify the supervisor immediately if any problem arises over compliance with the rules.
- Be aware of the length of the school instructional day. If a student begins to work before or after this time and is paid or receives some other benefit, then he/she is not covered by school insurance policy since a student cannot be paid while participating in the mentorship program. Students cannot be paid or receive any other benefits for time spent with mentor during a school instructional day, otherwise the mentorship will be terminated. This is to be an educational experience not paid employment. If the student works before or after the school instructional day and is paid for this time, then the mentor must assume full responsibility for the student and his/her welfare. If an accident occurs, then the mentor becomes responsible for costs incurred as a result of this.
- Sign off on the weekly record kept by each student. This verifies attendance and work completed.
- Accept full responsibility for the student’s learning and behavior (assuming they are following the rules established) while under your supervision.
- Know the provisions of the Child Labor Laws which relate to the types of work children under eighteen years of age are permitted to perform.
In order for this program to continue and to be successful, it is imperative that all participants involved with the program follow the guidelines and rules established by Pocahontas County High School. This compliance will ensure a safe, productive learning environment where the students can improve skills, and/or learn new skills and experience “on the job” training. This experience is designed to help the students make a more informed decision about a future career.
ADOPTED: March, 1996