PROGRAM STORIES

Ever Wonder What Mentoring is Really Like? Below are a few stories/feedback from mentors and mentees about their mentoring experience. Find out what it takes to be a mentor and about the rewards of mentoring.

Mentors Feedback

"As a mentor, I felt that my attentiveness and commitment made a contribution the overall success of the program. The first thing I recognized as a mentor is that my consistency is what matters most. Being there for the students and dedicated my time made me feel like I was giving back. I didn't have a program like this back when I was in high school and programs like Scholar CC put so much effort to ensure the success of high schools students who don't necessarily have the right resources to achieve their goals and dreams. I am a witness to how we as mentors, lead mentors, and mentees can come together, learn, and foster a community of growth. This is what made a difference in my life and others who participated in this program. In our bi-weekly meetings we covered topics from college readiness to life skills such as managing a budget and checking/saving accounts. Also, the students had the opportunity to create or review their resumes and cover letters to prepare then for the job market. After, as a mentor, I held mock interview sessions with my mentees and provided feedback to them as well." 
Semline Delva
Former Mentor
How would you describe your experience as a participant OR mentor in the program? Very enjoyable time spent with motivated youth of our community. The students at BBCHS are an excellent cross-section of America's youth today. Eager to learn and open to advice given by people who already have gone through what they are about to experience. What did you assist your mentee(s) with? University or College Life and Challenges. I tried to emphasize the importance of time management skills during the first semester of university and being open to meeting people from a wider cultural background. What did your mentor(s) help you with? I learned that there are many other people like myself in the community. People that want to have a hand in directing the future growth of our community by creating some more continuity between generations. What was most satisfying about the mentoring program? Learning the challenges today's youth are trying to overcome. What is important to them? How are they handling the situations and trying to help them avoid pitfalls.
Michael Boltri
Former Mentor
"Mentoring has been a very rewarding experience for me. I can see through the immediate results of the students progress. I've assisted with finance, credit, resumes, budgeting and interviews. The most satisfying aspect of this job is seeing the students value the lessons and taking into consideration what the mentors are teaching".
Michael Smith
Former Mentor
“SCC is where I come to help students learn from my experiences. Scholar Career Coaching gives me the opportunity to assist the next generation in realizing their dreams. So far I’ve assisted students with resume building and job interview preparation”. “Mentoring is important to me because it gives me a chance to help the students get over the challenges they might find if they were doing everything by themselves. To have a successful society we need leaders and Scholar Career coaching provides us with a glimpse of the future leaders of our community.”
Alfred Mims
Former Mentor
“As a mentor, I have a feeling of satisfaction to know my influence may be helping students have direction from someone other than family & friends who have an interest in their future.” Former Mayor & Council President of a large Sea Shore communityWhat did you assist your mentee(s) with? University or College Life and Challenges. I tried to emphasize the importance of time management skills during the first semester of university and being open to meeting people from a wider cultural background. What did your mentor(s) help you with? I learned that there are many other people like myself in the community. People that want to have a hand in directing the future growth of our community by creating some more continuity between generations. What was most satisfying about the mentoring program? Learning the challenges today's youth are trying to overcome. What is important to them? How are they handling the situations and trying to help them avoid pitfalls.
Victor Di Sylvester
Former Mentor
“It’s incredibly rewarding to use your knowledge to help younger adults navigate through unfamiliar territory for them that has become so commonplace for you. I’ve been helping my mentee with her application to PBSC, FAFSA, applying for part-time jobs, and looking for scholarships.” “Mentoring is important to me because it means you are providing members of your community with knowledge and resources they may not otherwise not have the opportunity to receive.”
Sonia Shams
Former Mentor
“The greatest lesson I taught one of my mentees this past semester was becoming more organized, especially when it came to missing assignments and getting work done. Something small yet impactful.”
Prisca Saint-Hilaire
Former Mentor
“So far I have helped my mentees with resume building and interview preparations. I have had great experiences from doing so because the students I work with are amazing. They give me great feedback because they take my advice into consideration. Mentoring is important to me because I think at some point in time we all need an extra boost. Surrounding yourself with people that care about you is important for continued motivation and success."
Ambile Jose
Former Mentor
“During the Fall 2014 semester, I have been helping my mentees understand how college operates. I have been giving them the information that your college tour guide does not get to sit down and share with you. I really enjoyed this part of the mentoring program because when I was their age I did not have an individual who was in college to share these things with me and I feel as though my college experience would have been very different if I did.” “Mentoring is important to me because when I was in high school I did not have an individual who was where I wanted to be in the next three years, so they could be in the position to guide me.”
Fanessa Hilaire
Former Mentor

Mentees Stories

“When I decided to join the AVID and SCHOLARCC MENTORING CLUB, I became somebody else. I gained self-confidence. I am so happy that I am a part of the mentoring club because it helps me to realize that I need to be more than a learner.” “Every meeting she [Mrs. Gassant] would make sure that we gained something different. Mrs. Gassant helped me in so many different way. So, I would like to thank her for everything.” ScholarCC 2017 Scholarship Recipient ScholarCC 2016-2017 Class Ambassador Atlantic High School ‘Class of 2017
JJ Jeannot
Alumni
“On the first day of attending the mentoring program, my mentor showed me how to become a better interviewee. I applied the skills she taught me and was granted my first job at Five Guys. I applied the same skills at a TJmaxx interview and that is where I am currently working. I am very thankful for the mentoring program. They are the reason why I am a successful interviewee.” Atlantic High School ‘ Class of 2015
Wenda Fils-Aime
Alumni
“My experience was AMAZING! I had the opportunity to meet others and learn a lot of new things. The mentor program really prepared me for interviews, tests, preparing for college and networking with others.” “The mentors helped me with interviewing skills, English, Scholarships, and things to do to manage my time in college. The most satisfying thing about the mentoring program was knowing that there were individuals who wanted to help us grow and teach us new things.” ScholarCC 2015 Scholarship Recipient Atlantic High School ‘ Class of 2015  
La'Quesha Swain
Alumni