Established in December of 2012 as a non-profit organization, Scholar Career Coaching is a United Way of Palm Beach County mentoring program that assists South Florida high school college bound ESL (English as a Second Language) students in Title I schools with career planning, college readiness, financial literacy, and soft skills preparation. While many organizations encourage students to do similarly, we saw an opportunity to provide a critically needed service: help ESL college-bound students answer the next essential question, “Now what?”. Scholar Career Coaching’s mission is to coach, motivate, and support students through mentoring services and scholarships.
HOW IT WORKS
We have a strong and mandatory curriculum to prepare all of our students for college and/or the workforce. Through our after-school mentoring program, Scholar CC partners successful professionals, retirees, and college/graduate students with the special group of students that concurrently show high need and high potential. While these passionate volunteers now have established themselves, many of them at one time faced the same questions, doubts, and struggles that their young mentees currently face. Having traveled similar paths, these mentors are in prime positions to provide positive guidance and encouragement to the next generation leaders. Students receive advice and assistance including but not limited to: academic achievement, conducting job searches, interviewing techniques, resume building, finding scholarships and improving English skills.
HOW WE HELP
- Between 2014 and 2018, we have engaged over 25 volunteer mentors, awarded 22 scholarships and served over 160 students from our targeted mentoring programs delivered in person at Atlantic High School and Boynton Beach High School by our dedicated mentors. In our recent participation satisfaction survey, 92% of students said they learned skills from their mentors that clarified choices toward career paths. 85% percent of our mentored students rated the program excellent or very good. 85% percent stated that they would have liked to meet with their mentor more often. 85% percent felt more capable and confident to succeed academically from the mentoring relationship.