Raven Conwell, a 2011 College of Liberal Arts graduate in psychology with a minor in community and civic engagement (one of two first recipients!), is coordinating the Macon County Youth mentoring program, funded in part by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. She is currently a graduate student in clinical mental health and counseling education at Auburn University.
We met for the fourth time this past week and the second time with all twelve of our mentors. During dinner, we worked to try and mix the mentors in with the students. Some of the students were not too excited about this because they wanted to stay with their friends, but they eventually got over that.
After dinner, we launched into activities. The previous week I asked the students to bring in something school related to work on, so for about 40 minutes we had different groups of students working on chemistry, ACT prep, and other subjects. We had some who were just discussing their day at school because they did not have any work with them.
After we finished with the schoolwork portion, we reconvened into our circle and discussed resumes. Most of our students did not have a resume, nor did they know the different parts to a resume. So with the help of our mentors, we were able to discuss each section and what was needed. After the discussion, the students were given a worksheet that would help them compile their resume and the mentors scattered around to help them.
We had two new students this week and they seemed to fit right in with everyone, and they really hit it off with some of our mentors. The students were very anxious this week because they were curious which mentor was assigned to them. We decided to not tell the students this week. I spoke with the mentors about whom I thought they worked well with, and I received their input on the students. The mentors seemed happy with the matches I made, which made me excited for the following week. The students were asked to complete an online personality test, and we told them that they would receive a phone call from their mentor the next week.