We officially began our Foundation in May 2015 and immediately put together a team to help us get off the ground. We enlisted the talent of Dr. Donna Holland, a renowned child psychiatrist, as our Mentoring Program Director and Michael Rosenfeld, a highly respected peak performance and motivational speaker, as our Student Advisor. Together we are able to achieve our goals of educating young accomplished students from our community.
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Inbound college students must cope with far more personal and social pressures than any other previous generations of youth. Early intervention through a structured mentor relationship gives our young people the tools and support they need to deal effectively with these pressures. Research indicates mentored college students have better academic performance and higher retention rates (rates of staying in school) than college students without mentors. Mentorship assistance guides the new student to greater academic and social integration, increased self‐esteem, higher grades, and greater self‐perceived intellectual growth.
The Foundation has created a mentor network for the four year scholarship students in order to provide students with the guidance and support necessary to keep them on track as potential issues arise during their tenure at college and to ensure the highest possible college graduation rates. Mentors are selected from qualified local volunteers, thoroughly trained and then matched with a student (mentee). Once at school, mentees will be expected to make weekly contact with their mentor and submit a monthly report of activity.