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A Mentor is an individual who wishes to provide emotional support to a student via periodic personal contact, involvement in S/PA organized activities and mentoring, but is unable to provide the financial support. Mentors are often S/PA alumni who wish to give back by providing the guidance they were given as a S/PA student. Student/Partner Alliance provides materials, training and administrative support to Mentors via a Mentor Training Workshop each September and a special Partner/Mentor Handbook.
- maintains contact with and provides mentoring to the student partner on a regular basis
- receives mentor training and support from Student/Partner Alliance
- receives academic updates via periodic report cards
- is invited to a variety of S/PA events which provide opportunities to meet with his/her student
- is contacted on a periodic basis by his/her student partner
Partners, of course, continue in their role as providers of financial and mentoring support. This remains the primary relationship within Student/Partner Alliance. With the Junior Mentoring Program, however, a third category has emerged; that of the “Sponsor”. A “Sponsor” is a concerned individual who will support the student financially, but cannot provide the mentoring support. His/her student will now be matched up with a Mentor who is committed to providing that personal connection. This step in the growth of Student/Partner Alliance brings us closer to offering our students the most comprehensive support system possible within our means.
The Student/Partner Alliance Young Professionals Network
S/PA YPN is a group of young professionals from the NY/NJ area who provide support to the Student/Partner Alliance (http://studentpartneralliance.org/) by mentoring local high school students and organizing casual, fun social events. The events are an opportunity for young professionals to socialize, network, and support a great cause in the process! #meet.mentor.more
The organization we support, the Student/Partner Alliance, is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization, 501(c)3, offering concerned individuals, corporations and foundations a way to help economically disadvantaged but determined young people from New Jersey’s urban centers obtain their high school diplomas from a private school in their neighborhoods. This is achieved through a combination of financial scholarships and personal support via S/PA’s mentor network.
Self-Sufficiency Through Education
561 Springfield Avenue Summit, NJ 07901 phone: 908-522-0405 or 908-522-0406