Mentoring

Everyone has had that one person who has been there for them, listened to them, and pushed them to be the best. They might not have an official title but all of them had something in common – they were your mentors. Here in Upward Bound we believe that our students should have at least one mentor when entering the program. There are many benefits of mentoring for both the mentor and the mentee.

Some of the benefits of mentoring for mentees are:

  • Better attitude about school
  • Stronger relationships
  • Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations
  • Sense of belonging within the program

Some of the benefits of mentoring for mentors are:

  • Sense of accomplishment
  • Increased and improved supervisory skills
  • Sense of giving back

During the spring semester our new students will each be assigned a mentor. Students and mentors are expected to meet face-to-face at least twice a month, but they must communicate every week. Our mentors are really looking forward to meeting our new students and creating relationships with them. Following are some of the mentors that we have hired for the 2018 spring semester.

 

Upward Bound Mentors

Rachel Curry

  • Major: Radiology
  • Why did you choose to mentor with Upward Bound? I enjoyed the experiences I had with it last year. 
  • What do you like the most about mentoring? Seeing the change in my mentees throughout the program. 
  • What are you looking forward to during your time as a mentor with Upward Bound? Meeting the new students!
Rachel Curry

Alexandria Murphy

  • Major: Political Science & Africana Studies
  • Minor: American Sign Language 
  • Why did you choose to mentor with Upward Bound? I chose to because I love the students and want to be a positive role model.
  • What do you like the most about mentoring? Getting to know the students, getting to see what kind of personal backgrounds they have.
  • What are you looking forward to during your time as a mentor with Upward Bound? To be able to communicate and share experiences and help students as much as I can.
Alexandria Murphy

Jade Nevils

  • Major: Nursing
  • Why did you choose to mentor with Upward Bound? I chose to because I believe that it's good to help guide students into this next big milestone of their life. College is hard, but with a good mentor, it's all worthwile. 
  • What do you like the most about mentoring? Being able to see students grow and mature into adulthood during college. 
  • What are you looking forward to during your time as a mentor with Upward Bound? I look forward to seeing how I can make a difference in helping out future leaders. 
Jade Nevils

Mayra Rodriguez

  • Major: Policy Studies
  • Why did you choose to mentor with Upward Bound? I wanted to work with students who were willing to overcome the odds against them.
  • What do you like the most about mentoring? What I like the most are the friendships and trust that come from mentoring.
  • What are you looking forward to during your time as a mentor with Upward Bound? Honestly, it's working with the students that has me the most excited. 
Mayra Rodriquez

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