Our e-Mentorship Program helps high school seniors from low-income families and underserved OC communities stay on track and graduate on time. Mentoring from leading local professionals and a robust virtual workshop series teaches students essential life and career skills to position them for success during school and beyond.
DID YOU KNOW
- Each year, close to 3,000 students from underserved high schools do not graduate.
- When high schoolers drop out or don’t have the resources to graduate on time, the effects can be devastating. And our community is directly impacted because people without high school diplomas are more than twice as likely to live in poverty and depend on public assistance.
- On top of these costs, Orange County students who don’t finish high school pay a high personal price. If they find jobs, they typically earn at least $10,000 less per year than high school graduates, and at least $1 million less than a college graduate over their lifetime. Not to mention, a higher percentage also have health problems because they lack access to basic care.
OUR PROGRAM CULTIVATES SUCCESS VIA THREE VITAL COMPONENTS
- Students are paired with a mentor who is a local career professional in a field they are interested in pursuing to receive guidance and support.
- Students complete a comprehensive workshops series, which covers a wide range of topics from applying for financial aid and preparing for life after high school to prioritizing mental health and finding work-life balance.
- Upon completion of the program, students receive a new laptop to bridge the digital divide and set them up for success as they begin the next chapter of their lives.
VOLUNTEER TO BE AN E-MENTOR
Encourage and empower OC students in need by volunteering to be a virtual mentor.
Mentors provide students with the motivation and confidence needed to succeed in school, as well as offer their professional perspective and career guidance regarding the different pathways they can take toward future success.
WHAT MENTEES ARE SAYING
STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES
It’s empowering to have someone I can count on and learn from—especially as a first generation student. The e-Mentoring Program helped me to keep going and not give up. Especially during my second semester—there were lots of decisions I had to make about college and money was something I had to consider—it got to me. The program reinforced the idea that I can do it and I should continue forward because my community is cheering me on.
The connection that I created with my mentor was profound and helpful in instilling confidence and finding resources that would aid me after high school.
My mentor, she’s been through what I want to do. She’s experienced; she’s done it. I’m fortunate I can communicate with her when I have questions about college and even other stuff. It’s been eye-opening and I’m forever grateful for the opportunity.