Mentor

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Mentoring with Big Idea Project


The Big Idea Project is a co-curricular program for High School Students that uses experience and curriculum to facilitate:

  • Student transformation
  • Social-emotional growth
  • Workforce readiness
  • Leadership development

We utilize the expertise of mentors as one of the many ‘tools’ in the student’s learning process.

APPLY TO MENTOR!
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Mentoring with Big Idea Project

The Big Idea Project is a co-curricular program for High School Students that uses experience and curriculum to facilitate:

  • Student transformation
  • Social-emotional growth
  • Workforce readiness
  • Leadership development

We utilize the expertise of mentors as one of the many ‘tools’ in the student’s learning process.

APPLY TO MENTOR!

How the project works:


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A BIG IDEA

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BUSINESS MENTOR

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ACTION

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PRESENTATION

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COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP

Teams of 3-4 identify a social problem they care about and come up with a way to help solve it
Together with a business mentor, teams create a plan for taking action
Students have the semester to work their plan and make their Big Idea come to life
At the end of the semester, teams create a storytelling video and present their results
Winning teams have the chance to win a college scholarship!

And there's more!

In addition to life-long learning, each student on the winning teams receives a $250 college scholarship.

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The role of a mentor

A mentor works with one team (or 3-4 students) over the course of one semester (3.5 months).

  • Be an advisor and coach. You do not drive the relationship and must not do the work for students. Instead, help them learn to think and see differently.
  • Be a resource. If students need connections to people or organizations and they’ve proven to you to be trustworthy to follow through, then connect them.
  • Teach them what’s expected in professional settings. Give them a taste of work outside of high school. Give them tips and maybe even offer ‘tough love’ when they need a push.

What makes a good mentor?

  • Experience leading teams—working with youth helps but is not required
  • Positivity, encouragement and perspective in the good and hard times
  • A commitment to regular communication with students and to making all in-person meetings

Mentoring benefits you too!


Our community of mentors is a highly engaged group of seasoned leaders who care about providing real world learning to students.

As a mentor you will:

  • Build relationships with like-minded mentors through happy hours and gatherings
  • See firsthand what issues students face in our schools today
  • Refine your coaching and leadership skills
  • Learn the characteristics and needs of our emerging workforce
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Mentoring benefits you too!

Our community of mentors is a highly engaged group of seasoned leaders who care about providing real world learning to students.

As a mentor you will:

  • Build relationships with like-minded mentors through happy hours and gatherings
  • See firsthand what issues students face in our schools today
  • Refine your coaching and leadership skills
  • Learn the characteristics and needs of our emerging workforce
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