Mentoring Program Stories

Ever wonder what Mentoring is really like? Below are a few stories/feedback from mentors and mentees sharing their experiences. Find out what it takes to be a mentor and about the rewards of mentoring.

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Current & Former Mentees

“I met Mr. Sylvester during my sophomore year in high school and ever since then it’s been an instant connection. Mr. Sylvester could not have been a better mentor for me. Since he was a business major and is a successful businessman, I instantly gravitated to him trying to soak up every ounce of knowledge I can from him being that my dream is to one day own my very own business. Besides from the business-related gems he informs me about, my mentor is also a terrific life coach. Every opportunity he has, he tries to help me experience things I would otherwise never experience at this point in my life, and I am super grateful for that. One last thing about my mentor is that he never gives up on you, no matter what situation you are in. This also applies to Ms. Lynne and every single mentor in Scholar CC. For my final note, I wanted everyone at Scholar CC to know that I love them and also properly thank them for awarding me the Mentee of the Year award in 2018. Thank you guys for believing in me and guiding me towards success. I very much appreciate it.”
Carl
Alumni-Atlantic High Class of 2018
“When I decided to join 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.”
JJ
Alumni-tlantic High Class of 2017​
“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.”
La'Quesha
Alumni-Atlantic High Class of 2015
“Scholar Cc helped me prepare for college so much. They made sure I had the correct resources for college like supplies and scholarships. I was able to get a computer for free that has helped me tremendously. They also help me get a scholarship that was used towards my summer semester in college. My mentor as well as the team at Scholar Cc continue to check on me while I'm in college. I appreciate that so much.”
Jada
Alumni-Boynton High Class of 2018
“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.”
Wenda
Alumni-Atlantic High School ‘ Class of 2015​
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Current & Former Mentors

"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
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 B.
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 S.
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
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
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
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
Former Mentor
“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
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
Former Mentor
Volunteering as a mentor in Scholar CC mentoring program was an exciting experience because I was able to watch and lead my mentees on the right path in preparation for their college & career path. I taught them many essential aspects in many areas, such as; how to write a great resume, how to write a fantastic essay for scholarships, how to register for financial aid/ what they need to register for financial aid, and even where to search for scholarships. I definitely had a blast helping my mentees because every time we meet up, I could see how excited there were to be there with me, but most importantly how motivated and ready to work they were. I also enjoyed working with the other follow mentors because they were all motivated as much as I was to help the mentees flourish into college. This experience overall was terrific, and I would definitely do it again!
Yvonne
Former Mentor
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