eMentors Program

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eMentors is an email mentoring program that offers high school students the opportunity to develop a relationship with a mentor in a professional field. Over the course of eight weeks, students and mentors discuss topics including college and career experience, interviewing skills, workplace etiquette, having a positive attitude, and more. Students and mentors meet in-person at the mentor’s workplace for a Meet and Greet event halfway through the program.

Students who engage with their mentors during this program learn about future career opportunities, how to network with others within a professional setting, improve their written communication skills, and receive advice from a trusting adult.

Utilizing eMentors in your classroom is a great way to provide your students with real-world experience and knowledge about how to succeed in school, career, and life.

“My student was originally very anti-career and had negative views of going to college even though she never actually visited a campus. To be able to help someone get beyond a fixed mindset and help them grow was an extremely fulfilling experience.”

~ eMentor Teacher

BestPrep connects high school classrooms with local companies to form an eMentors partnership with employees corresponding with students through a weekly email exchange. Each student is matched with a mentor from that company.

Teachers allocate one class period every week for students to email their mentors. Each week’s email is based on guiding questions selected by the teacher (these are provided to teachers by BestPrep).

Teachers monitor their emails to integrate the eMentors experience into the curriculum through classroom activities and assignments.

Mentors and students gather halfway through the program for a structured Meet and Greet typically held at the mentors’ workplace.

Student Message:

Hey _____,

I think it’s cool that you went to Europe. I’ve never been out of the states before. But I have been to like 5 states.

Out time together was great. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do after high school but I knew it would involve college. I hadn’t really thought about engineering a lot until you brought it up. A lot of people told me to do it because I’m good at math but I just shrugged it off. If I didn’t look into engineering, I probably would’ve played football. Many people tell me I should that too. Something I learned about myself was that (not to be cocky), I’m better at things then I thought. I always doubted myself because I always compared myself to the pros. But I realized that I’m not going to be good at everything. And it’s alright to not be a master at everything.

This week’s questions: What did you think of our time? What was the best part? What could’ve been better? Have you learned anything about yourself? Have you learned anything from me?

My last time messaging, Sincerely _____

Mentor Message:

Hi ______,

Thanks for being such a great mentee. I have really enjoyed getting to know you through the many conversations, online and in person, we have had over the past weeks. I appreciate all you shared with me about your life and goals. I’m very excited for you and your journey ahead. You’ve reminded me that life is full of possibilities (for 9th graders and 49-year-olds!). It’s what has inspired me to take up guitar lessons in January. It won’t be easy, but I’m determined to do it.

I hope you will stay determined too. Set a goal, whether it’s engineering or something else, and go for it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are not good enough, and surround yourself with people who can help and support you. It won’t be easy, but you can do it!

I know connecting with someone through messages can seem weird at times, and I appreciate you sticking it out and connecting with me. I hope you enjoyed our discussions as much as I did and I wish you all the best for the future. Keep up the good work!

Sincerely,

____________

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Lionsgate Academy
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Osseo Senior High School
Owatonna Senior High School
Park Center IB World School
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Woodbury High School
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Zimmerman High School
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By The Numbers

The eMentors program makes an impact annually on the students in the program.

4051
STUDENTS

teachers

134
TEACHERS

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79
SCHOOLS

3341
VOLUNTEERS

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