At Mentoring USA, we know that for young people to be prepared for bright futures, they need guidance and structure to plan for their potential careers and to enter the work force ready for success.
Today’s achievement gap is staggering, with one in five students not graduating from high school on time. The lack of a high school diploma jeopardizes a student’s ability to compete in the job market, leading to a tremendous loss for the overall economy.
Through our Career Days and Workplace Mentoring program, young people receive guidance and mentoring through structured activities, job shadowing, skills-based mentoring, and educational initiatives.
Mentoring USA organizes job shadowing days at leading corporations, small businesses and non-profits organizations. Participating youth have the chance to experience the business world, which working on values, interests, and skills surveys with their career day mentor.
Mentoring USA works with our youth partners to help young people identify the linkage between what they are learning in school today with the skills needed in the workplace; understanding the structure of a for-profit or non-profit company; and learning what it takes to be able to work as a professional at a company in terms of academics, competencies, and personal assets.
This model reinforces the importance of academic success and making good choices, and allows youth to work with their mentors to create a roadmap to achieve future career aspirations.
Mentoring USA provides mentees with skills and tools needed to achieve their potential. Mentors and mentees work together on career values exercises, self-assessment roadmaps, and interest surveys.
We allow plenty of time for mentors and their mentees to meet individually, creating space for crucial conversations and targeted discussions that help the mentees to develop competencies and life skills such as constructive conflict resolution, good decision making, and effective interpersonal communications.
Mentoring USA also works with corporate partners to create opportunities for career exploration for youth, including visits to companies, meetings with staff members, and learning more about the business.
To learn more about our Corporate Champions Program and the benefits to corporations, please click here.
Our mentors volunteer in several categories, including General Mentoring, Foster Care, LGBT Youth, and Workplace Mentoring. Read on to learn about our programs: