Palmetto Excessive launches profitable scholar mentorship program


PALMETTO, Fla. — Two Manatee County colleges have teamed as much as begin a brand new mentoring program pairing highschool college students with elementary college students, and directors say it’s proving to be successful.

“It’s a real crew work exercise, however the one approach it’s going to work is for those who work collectively and for those who talk,” mentioned Susie Ebbesmeyer, Palmetto Elementary’s Assistant Principal, as she defined the exercise to college students within the mentorship program.


What You Want To Know

  • Mentorship program pairs elementary college students with highschool college students
  • Program is geared in the direction of younger males in Palmetto Excessive College’s management program
  • Directors say it’s necessary to supply youthful youngsters with the visible of the place they’re going, in order that they know they’re succesful and have one thing to work in the direction of

Highschool senior Amoriaus Jefferson and fourth grader Joiden Moon pay attention and be taught. 

“You must speak, and talk and work collectively so the ball doesn’t hit the bottom,” Ebbesmeyer mentioned.

They’re off to a superb begin — highschool mentors and their mentees working collectively, which is the main target of all of the actions for college kids within the mentor program.

“That is the management program,” mentioned Amoriaus. “It’s from Palmetto Excessive College, we simply began it this 12 months. We come right here and mentor youngsters, like Joiden, and have enjoyable video games and actions with them.”

The management program is a category at Palmetto Excessive College geared in the direction of younger males, like Amoriaus, the place they work on abilities to arrange them for faculty, and whereas the video games appear to be playtime, college directors say the management abilities have a trickle down impact on the youthful youngsters, like Joiden, who simply turned 10, and admits previous to having a mentor, he wasn’t doing his greatest in school.

“It helped greater than I anticipated as a result of I was doing dangerous, however now I’m doing actually good,” mentioned Joiden.

Now, Amoriaus and Joiden each have one thing to stay up for each week, and Ebbesmeyer says the counseling the highschool college students do, on the sidelines of the video games, will get by to the youthful boys greater than any grownup on the college ever might, one thing they’re proof of.

“We type of act the same-ish, and we simply have this distinctive bond ever since we met,” Joiden mentioned. 

And identical to the excessive schoolers’ shirts learn, LEADERS: Encourage, Obtain, Dream, Empower and Respect.

College students within the mentor program additionally visited the highschool scholar’s college.   

Directors say it’s necessary to supply them with the visible of the place they’re going, in order that they know they’re succesful and have one thing to work in the direction of.

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