Our student mentors (are juniors and seniors who attend the various participating college preparatory high schools) play an integral role in both the academic classes and Stepping Out. They assist in tutoring, leading classroom discussions, problem solving, small group work, and have the opportunity to be role models for STAIRS middle school students. Student mentors provide consistent support and guidance as well as a positive academic and social influence. Good mentors listen well, engage in constructive relationships with STAIRS students and reinforce STAIRS students’ success, helping each child achieve increased confidence and educational success.
Working closely with high school mentors allows the STAIRS’ students to see a personalized account on what life is like at each school. The students begin to see familiar faces when they visit prospective high schools, which make them feel comfortable and confident.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor please contact our mentor coordinator, Jake Watters. Student mentors are encouraged to attend as many weekend sessions as possible (sometimes the best students are involved in a number of extracurricular activities, so we understand that student mentors might not be able to make every session). We expect student mentors to attend at least eight of the 15 STAIRS sessions. Most sessions include some sort of outdoor community service or athletic activity, so we recommend wearing comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes.
You can also download an application
and email it directly to Jake at firstname.lastname@example.org