When it comes to mentoring; putting a positive individual within a child’s life is only a small piece of the puzzle. RoleModels University understands the big picture of a child’s life and the importance of teaching the next generation of youth how to become peerRoleModels for each other and inspiring them by placing outstanding personal, educational and career-oriented RoleModels within their daily lives.
A Cord of Three StrandsTM
A cord of three strands is not easily broken
Each RoleModels University student will have a total of (3) three RoleModels (mentors).
Phase I (The Mentorship Phase)
Elementary & Middle-School levels:
1. Two (2) mentors will be assigned to each RoleModel student. This will consist of one male and one female. This will also be one adult mentor and one teenage mentor. The teenage mentor or RoleModel will be a RoleModels University student. This is called Peer Mentoring. Older RMU students will be paired with younger RMU students in one-on-one relationships to provide guidance. Through this special relationship, RMU students will provide advice and support and serve as RoleModels for younger people who need help in the areas of: schoolwork, social issues, such as pressure to drink or smoke; family problems or tension; and other typical difficulties of growing up. The advantages are as follows:
o Diversity: Two diverse perspectives (age, and gender) working as a team for the success of each RoleModel student. Also, the teenager will serve as a Peer RoleModel to the RoleModel student (mentee).
o Longevity: In a perfect scenario, the initial RoleModel will serve as a mentor for the RoleModel student (mentee) starting at 1st grade through the 12th grade. However, due to what may be a long commitment for one RoleModel mentor, two mentors may ensure longevity in mentorship by allowing each other to take breaks.
o Manhood/Womanhood/Respect: So many youth grow up with little or no respect for the opposite sex. Maybe this is due to a parent absent in the home, a painful experience, or negative programming from music, peers, or a negative custodial parent. Furthermore, if there is a parent missing in the rearing of a child; then, there may be a challenge for that child to understand how to properly grow into their manhood or womanhood.
Phase II (The Leadership Phase) High-School level
2. Career Mentor (Mentor of My Dreams): We select highly recommended professionals to become career mentors for our students offering guidance, shadowing opportunities and a written plan of action as a road map for attainment of the chosen career.