It Takes a Village Alumni & Community Mentoring Program

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MENTOR?

The It Takes a Village (ITAV) Mentorship Program seeks to support Cambridge Rindge and Latin School  (CRLS) alumni in successfully graduating college and finding a rewarding career of their choice through one on one mentoring that focuses on career exploration, job readiness and networking skills. Recent CRLS  graduates will be matched with alumni or community members based on gender and career interests. They will meet monthly to discuss an aspect of career development and will communicate weekly via phone, email, text or Skype for one year. To apply online to be an ITAV mentor – click here.

Why the ITAV Alumni & Community Mentoring Program?
Numerous studies have shown the troubling nationwide phenomenon of extremely low college graduation rates for college-matriculating, low-income students, particularly those attending state and community colleges. Graduation rates at public two- and four-year colleges around the country are inexcusably low—in the 20% range on average. Massachusetts is not exempt from this phenomenon, for example, approximately 15% of students graduate from Massachusetts 2-year community colleges within 4 years after entry. It is estimated that at least 50 CRLS alumni each year enroll at BHCC upon graduation from CRLS; there are over 50 CRLS alumni currently enrolled at UMass Boston.

Why Be a Mentor with the ITAV Alumni & Community Mentoring Program?
1. Great opportunity to support students from our Cambridge community.
2. Great opportunity to be a part of the solution and increase the 2 and 4 year college graduation rate and career success of low-income students.
3. Great opportunity to be an active Cambridge resident and /or alum.
4. Great opportunity to strengthen leadership skills.

To apply online to be an ITAV mentor – click here, or to download a printable/mailable application – click here.
For more information about being an ITAV Mentor, click here.

Screening: Prospective mentors and mentees will be asked to complete an application, questionnaire and an interview with the Mentor Coordinator. Pairs will be made based on career fields and academic/professional interest. Mentees will be asked to complete a career interest inventory and complete a FERPA.

Training: Mentors  are required to complete a 1 hour orientation and 4 hours of training. The Mentees  are required to attend a 3 hour training.

It takes a village to support all of our young adults in their paths to success!

-Read the press release about the mentoring program, distributed 7/20/2014.
-Read about the mentoring program on the City of Cambridge News site, 7/28/2014.
-Read an article on the mentoring program in the Cambridge Chronicle, 7/31/2014.
-Read the announcement about the mentoring program on the CRLS School News site, 8/1/2014.

 

ATTENTION CURRENT MENTORS:
Please contact Rachel Deleveaux at [email protected] to obtain access to the password-protected page with documents you will need. The log-in page is in the drop-down menu under ITAV. Thank you.

 

 

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Mentees Lamia (Lily) Sater and Thelora Marseille enjoying the delicious lunch provided by the Cambridge community, July 2014.

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Alumni and Community Mentoring Program Coordinator, Rachel Deleveaux, discussing strategies for unblocking conversations with mentors, July 2014.