McNary mentors looking for some world class protégés
November 4, 2018 By:MHS Piper
By Lauren Murphy
All seven high schools in the Salem-Keizer School District have some sort of mentorship program. This year McNary High School is starting a mentorship program as well.
“We do it the McNary way,” said Mrs. Rochelle Farris, the organizer of the program.
“We want everyone to have a plan,” she said.
This program is designed for juniors and seniors, but the goal is to open it up to freshmen and sophomores after the program gets established.
Students will met with mentors, who have been vetted and trained by the school, three to four times a year. There is a wide variety of mentors from parents, to recruiters, to community members and their main purpose is to remind students of deadlines, and get them to consider every available option.
“When a military recruiter is mentoring a kid, they’ve taken off their recruiting hat,” Farris said, “They will not be pushing military down your throat.”
Mentors are not supposed to tell you what to do or where to go, but rather how to do it and how to get there. They help students develop a timeline so that they don’t miss application and scholarships deadline.
“Seniors shut off everything they don’t hate to do,” she said. As a result a lot of students find themselves scrambling at the last minute.
There is not a lot of participants in the program and but the hope is in the next five years it will have expanded to be a valuable resource that students take advantage of.
Mentors go through a thorough background check and are trained on how to best help students
As the program continues, mentors will be matched with mentees but right now, because of the lack of people involved people are matched based off availability.
Meetings with mentors will happen in the McNary College Career Center so that students will not be alone with their mentors.
Applications for mentors are in the College and Career Center.