Mentoring Project Contributes to College Readiness
Literary Arts’ Youth Programs co-created the College Essay Mentoring Project with award-winning teacher Susan Bartley at Franklin High School in 2010. We train volunteer mentors to work with high school students on their essays for college and scholarship applications. About half of these students are first-generation college applicants, and our thoughtful mentors provide guidance for any step in the writing process, from generating ideas to polishing final drafts.
Over the years, we’ve continued to expand these services to new high schools. In the fall of 2016, Literary Arts Program Coordinator Mel Wells partnered with educators and librarians at Roosevelt, Madison, Franklin, and Benson High Schools to provide mentoring for 197 students. This was only possible through the volunteer efforts of 79 mentors. (Click here for full details.)
The time commitment for mentors is small, and the rewards are resounding. Click here to review answers to frequently asked questions.
In the fall of 2017, we’ll be holding mentoring sessions at Franklin, Madison, and Roosevelt High Schools, as well as Gresham High School for the first time!
Interested in joining us as a mentor? Click here to download a PDF of the Fall 2017 New Mentor Application, which includes all the days/times for mentor trainings and sessions working with students at schools. If you have questions, contact Mel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-227-2583 x105.
She helped me edit my essay not just grammatically but also offered me insight on how to expand and strengthen it. She highlighted what I did well, as well as constructively criticized what I need to work on.”
Benson High School student