Fall Into Productivity, Student Involvement & Building a Support Network

School clubs and extracurricular activities, while they have changed dramatically over the years, are still one of the most exciting parts for any high school student. Your mentee has completed their freshman year and has possibly explored all there is to offer on campus, including our academic fellowship, and will possibly be joining sports teams, band and other special-interest groups. When possible, join your student at any of their performances or competitions and be a cheerleader for their interests! It’s a fun way of getting to know the non-academic side of them and helps them feel connected to you.

Ask your mentee what sparks their attention, how they feel energized, what topics they get lost in, and how they feel inspired. Then brainstorm clubs and activities that bring those passions to life! There are lost of options showcased at Open House Night on campus (usually within the first few weeks of school starting) and during morning announcements and the afternoon newscast while in class. Of course there are plenty of activities available in  community  including those that explore STEAM  subjects , too.

Ask your mentee what sparks their attention, how they feel energized, what topics they get lost in, and how they feel inspired. Then brainstorm clubs and activities that bring those passions to life! There are lost of options showcased at Open House Night on campus (usually within the first few weeks of school starting) and during morning announcements and the afternoon newscast while in class. Of course there are plenty of activities available in community including those that explore STEAM subjects, too.


Hey Mom and Dad, I’d like to go to college and here’s how I plan to get there. Will you support me on this journey?
— Especially for first-generation college students, this is the most difficult conversation of all!

Support Network

It’s not necessary for you to get acquainted with them, but knowing a little about your student’s support network can assist in building your mentoring relationship, for sure! Their favorite teachers, coach, guidance counselor, family’s clergy and of course, their parent(s), all play an incredibly vital role in the success of their scholastic years. Adding a mentor ignites the candle on the beautifully iced cake!

As such you can encourage your mentee to craft a script of their college-bound plans so they can inform each person of their goals. Here are some ways to create positive discussion around the subject:


Practicing the SAT to Create a Long-Term Study Plan

Your mentee will take the PSAT this semester and this will determine their tutoring focus during our weekly PTC study sessions. The following testing dates and free practice quizzes are available to the students, but we ask that our mentors do not engage in tutoring as it can hinder the work our professional academic advisers who are trained in SAT/ACT preparation methods. You can help them create healthy study habits and encourage their progress!

Taking the PERT to determine Dual Enrollment Eligibility

Most of our fellows will elect to participate in the Palm Beach State College Dual Enrollment program which allows a student to be enrolled in two academic institutions at once. Usually, this involves a high school and a college. The credits apply both to high school diploma requirements and college graduation requisites. The benefits are plenty:

  • Less time required after high school to finish a college degree.

  • Provides students with a head start on the college experience.

  • Dual-enrollment classes often save students money on tuition.

PERT study guides are available here.

Desiree Webb-Oftedal