Start a mentorship program where students and educators can serve as mentors for others based on interest.
Create a space for students to engage in interests outside of academics through a mentoring program. Start by gathering a list of volunteers to serve as mentors (students and educators!) and ask them to list their interests, hobbies, and activities. Advertise to students that they’ll have an opportunity to learn more and spend time on activities that interest them.
Mentors can be matched with one or a few students, and students can work with more than one mentor. Offer opportunities for the whole group of mentors and mentees to get together and socialize.
Tips & Suggestions:
- Decide on a length of mentoring that works for your school – a semester, a year, or the whole high school experience.
- Mentors and mentees might join together to form interest groups, or even new clubs!
- Students thrive when schools provide ample opportunities to support a range of interests outside of traditional academics (Feldman & Matjasko, 2005).
- Extracurricular groups and activities help students build social networks which are critical in maintaining school engagement (Feldman & Matjasko, 2005).
- Positive relationships with role-models in school settings have been linked to improved academic attitudes and self-esteem for students (Chan et al., 2013).