Monte del Sol Mentorship Program
Overview + History
A cornerstone of Monte del Sol since 2000, the Mentorship Program provides opportunities for students to learn from a community member in a field they are passionate about. This innovative curriculum, which now serves as a model for other schools in the district, plays a leading role in connecting our students to the community. Mentorships offer a unique learning environment precisely because it begins with an interest or passion initiated by the student.
Each year, up to 100 mentors with many areas of expertise donate their time every week with their Monte del Sol protégés. To date over 3400 Mentorships have been completed. Mentorships have included music, filmmaking, dance, photography and art, medical fields, building bicycles, polymer chemistry, archery, beekeeping, training service dogs, law, aviation and more.
Every Mentorship is customized to meet the needs and interests of the specific student, who with their mentor work on a project or goal of mutual design. Protégés and Mentors meet a minimum of two hours a week between September and May. Some students stay with the same Mentor over several school years while others try new fields yearly. The program culminates with a three-day all-school festival where all protégés present to the entire school.
Monte requires a minimum of two years of mentorship during high school, though many students do more. (Middle School students may choose to do a mentorship as an extracurricular activity but do not receive high school credit.) We often hear from graduates who continue to follow the passion nurtured during their mentorship at Monte del Sol and who stay in touch with their mentor.
When students experience how the things they love connect to real people and activities; learning becomes alive and relevant. It is the relationship between our students and their Mentors that drives the program’s success, and helps to develop human capital for our city, modeling community service and social responsibility.
To learn more about the Mentorship program as a parent or to find out how you can become a Mentor, please call or email Giselle Piburn: [email protected] or 982-5225 x115.