Community College is seeking mentors for its Transitions Academy, a new college
readiness program for high school students in Community College District
Volunteer mentors are needed to support and build a positive
relationship with high school students for a period of at least one academic
semester. Mentors are asked to commit to a total of eight hours for a six-month
"We want to empower students to make positive academic and
life choices to maximize their potential to attend college," says, DeSean E.
Coleman, Sr., EdD, manager of ECC's Upward Bound Program. "The Transitions
Academy depends on volunteers to help guide these students."
program builds on the successful principles learned from ECC's existing summer
bridge program, employing contextualized instruction and a co-teaching approach
with both high school and college faculty. The Transitions Academy uses a
three-pronged approach that focuses on the areas of academic achievement, parent
and supportive adult engagement, and student motivation.
In addition to
Saturday classes during the school year, there will be a summer "bridge"
experience and an adult volunteer mentor for each student. Mentors interact with
students, referred to as "scholars," each Saturday for a period of at least one
Each volunteer mentor will be required to
attend the Mentor Training and meet eligibility screening requirements. The next
Transitions Academy class meets on Saturday, Nov. 9, from noon to 1:15 p.m.
For more information, contact DeSean Coleman at 847- 214-6942.