Twenty-five Macon County eleventh grade students are part of a mentoring program with a dozen Auburn University students and graduate assistant Raven Conwell. The project is funded in part by the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the work these students do together revolves around workplace and college readiness. We meet each Thursday at the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Highway 81 between Notasulga and Tuskegee.
After dinner tonight, Raven led the group in an interesting game of “Who Am I?” With names of celebrities on their backs, the students and mentors had to ask another person three yes-or-no questions about who they might be. Celebrities included some classic pop stars (like Elvis), current artists and actors (like Rihanna and Whitney Houston), and a few important historical figures from Macon County (Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver).
Mentors and students paired up for continued work on resumes and cover letters. College student laptop computers can turn Pleasant Grove Church into a hi-tech computer lab in only a few minutes. Mentor Kadedra brought some Career Handbooks from Career Development Services for students, just another example of how thoughtful, intelligent, and purposeful our college students are with these 11th graders.
After the work was done, we went back to eating, this time dessert: make-your-own-sundaes. This program is about work and working hard, whether it’s to create the most articulate letter, the most detailed resume, or a bowl of ice cream that has the perfect balance of butterscotch, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream.
Nest week’s topic is tips for interviewing well and interview dress and etiquette, and the pictures from the “What to Wear and Not To Wear” Fashion Show should be interesting. Electronic etiquette (since Facebook pages are a reflection of a person’s professionalism and self-worth) is a topic that will be covered as well.