What, When, How Long, Where, Why, and How
What: Medical students are matched one-on-one with a student who needs help in some way, as identified by teachers, parents, and or guidance counselors. Medical students will have this same mentee It depends on the student's needs, but mentoring usually consists of a mix of Mentoring (life advice, high school advice, college preparedness, career advice) to Tutoring (homework help to help in specific subjects, which we will make sure you are willing to teach). Ideally, the high schools will be at a close and convenient location to the medical schools involved.
We created the 1-1-1 Model, which designates ONE hour, ONCE a week, for ONE on ONE mentoring. We find it is most easy to remember and generates maximal results.
When: For the most part, mentoring sessions are once a week after school (3:00PM for all schools), for about one hour. There is NO obligation or minimum number of sessions needed per time, and Mentor-Mentee pairs alone determine the frequency of sessions. Real World Academy strongly recommends visiting once a week, and during busy weeks, mentors or mentees should inform their counterpart.
How Long: The program matches First Year Medical Students to First Year High School students, so Mentors have the opportunity to meet with them all four years (most of the meetings will be during first/second year, and then Mentors could meet much, much more sporadically during third/fourth to help them prepare for testing and college.
Where: Mentoring takes place in the high school in an area designated by school officials. There must always be other people in the room, such as other Mentor-Mentee pairs.
Why: Short-term, we hope that the relationships established through the Mentorship Program will afford primary school students the opportunities and advice they need to help them achieve their academic and professional goals. Our long-term goal is to bolster high school graduation rates, increase enrollment into four-year college programs or vocational programs, and galvanize less enthusiastic students.
How: The idea is to match first year medical students to first-year high school students. During the first two years of medical school, when students have the most free time and the most opportunities to explore extracurriculars, Mentors would have a strong impact on first and second year high school students, by helping them develop good habits and outlook very early. When rotations/clerkship begin in Years 3-4, medical students will be intensely busy, but could briefly make themselves available around standardized test (third year) and college preparation.applications (fourth year). In the case of a challenging Mentee, mentoring can do even MORE good than usual. If a Mentee consistently skips meetings, the program will gladly re-pair the Mentor with a new student.
7 SIMPLE STEPS
To establishing a Real World Mentoring Program
We are (ambitiously but optimistically) trying to establish mentoring programs at every medical school in the US. If these programs are successful at medical schools, we may branch out to other professional schools and institutions. Here's how to do it:
1. Choose a small team (4+ people) of like-minded, energetic medical student colleagues who will help establish the program.
2. Determine the nearest high school to your medical school campus.
3. Email/call the principal/administrators of that school (find on school website or Google) to set up a meeting to describe the program.
4. Determine if any forms/compliance are needed on the part of the high school and medical school (these will be signed by your members when they join). Having a liaison staff member from the high school (such as Director of Guidance, or Special Programs, etc.) is the most efficient way to work with the school.
5. Email your MS1/MS2 listservs with an attention-grabbing message, explaining that they can be a mentor to a local high school student and possibly change the student’s life. Have a Google Docs sign up, asking (at the very least) for name, gender, and subjects willing to help in).
6. Have Recruitment Coordinator(s) spread the word and create a buzz.
7. Have Mentoring Coordinator(s) communicate with the high school to get a list of students (who are struggling scholastically/socially/personally or even students interested in science/medicine), and match these students (same gender only, one-on-one) either randomly or by subject.
It is up to the Mentors to book their meetings (after school at the high school in designated sites). This organization is designed as a minimalist, decentralized program that empowers the individual Mentors and gives them freedom of scheduling the meetings and goals on their own.
After the program is established, the E-Board’s functions are simply to maintain a healthy-sized membership, pair new members, and re-pair any Mentors who request it. Most importantly, the E-Board is to work with the school so that the program is efficient and compliant. Sit back and relax as you watch the program you create have impact on hundreds of students in years to come!
Themed T-shirts will immediately make your club rise to the top of student groups in member number. To finance this, you can collect dues, have fundraisers, or have club stipends from the school. If you can raise the funds, we strongly suggest this. High resolution graphics available for download soon.