eMentors is an online 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 also participate in two virtual activities focused on building the mentor-student relationship and learning more about career opportunities.
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.
eMentors is proud to be a MENTOR Minnesota “Dedicated Partner,” one of the nation’s most influential organizations in youth mentoring.
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.
“The value for my students was enormous! Most of my students don't have anyone in their circles who do any of the jobs these mentors do. It is hard for them to imagine them or to be exposed to other jobs than those their parents do.”
~ Tara Kennedy, Edison High School Educator
BestPrep connects high school classrooms with local companies to form an eMentors partnership with employees corresponding with students through a weekly message exchange. Each student is matched with a mentor from that company.
Educators allocate one class period every week for students to message their mentors. Each week’s message is based on guiding questions selected by the educator (these are provided to educators by BestPrep).
Educators monitor student messages and integrate the eMentors experience into the curriculum through classroom activities and assignments.
Students and mentors also participate in two virtual activities focused on building the mentor-student relationship and learning more about career opportunities. Some examples include exchanging introduction videos, participating in a virtual career panel, meeting mentors on a virtual platform for a facilitated meet & greet, and viewing mentors’ career profile videos. Educators will get to select which two activities will work best for their students.
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 _____
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!
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eMentors has some curriculums created for specific types of classes. These curriculums include pre-selected guiding questions and optional activities that complement the guiding question topic of week.
eMentors for Financial Literacy: designed for classes learning about personal finance. Students will work with mentors from a financial company. See guiding questions here.
eMentors for AVID: designed specifically for AVID classes that focuses on key components of the AVID program such as writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. See guiding questions here.
eMentors for STEM: designed to increase students’ interest in STEM majors and careers. Students will work with mentors from a STEM company. See guiding questions here.
2020 Impact Numbers
The eMentors program makes an impact annually on the students in the program.