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Mentoring Touch Points – Junior Year
This year’s focus should be sustaining high academic performance supplemented with some extra-curricular activities. In addition, there should be a concentrated effort to seek out employment for the summer.
Topics for discussion
- Encourage your student to strive for academic success. Remind her that junior year is the big chance to shine.
- Prospective colleges. Start making a list based on features that are important to the student. Live at home or at college? Distance from home? City vs. rural? State school vs. private? Possible majors?
- Start to make a list of financial aid opportunities
- Register and prepare for SAT, SAT II subject tests, ACT. Investigate test prep courses near school and home and study materials.
- What are options for summer employment/internship
- Summer employment or activities
- Resources to find opportunities
- Interview Skills
- How to fill out an application and interview for a job
- Keep in touch over the summer to see how things are going.
- When report cards are sent out
- Praise any strong performance—grades, attendance, etc.
- Encourage seeking extra help where grades are weak
- Surf college websites together
- Make a timeline of deadlines for testing and college applications
- Make a list of what is needed to apply to college: essays, letters of recommendation, test scores
- Write a resume and cover letter
- Fill out a mock job application
- Conduct a mock interview
- Career inventory/make a list of appealing careers
- S/PA activities – Please communicate with your student in advance so that you know whether to see one another at the events.
- “Get to know you” breakfast or lunch is held early in the fall. You will have a chance to sit and talk with your student.
- Community service and enrichment events – we usually have one in fall and one in the spring. All S/PA students are expected to attend and it is a great opportunity to spend time doing something fulfilling together. Past activities have included the FoodBank of New Jersey, All Stars Program of New Jersey, the Greater Newark Conservancy
- January – All students, mentors, and families are welcome to attend the S/PA Winter Holiday party.
- Extracurricular activities—If your student welcomes you, attend sport events, plays, and special events.