BRIDGING THE EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT GAP THROUGH ONE-ON-ONE MENTORSHIP.
Mission: It is our mission to assist low-income students in applying for college, financial aid, scholarships, and other opportunities they may not realize they have access to. We do this by: 1. Providing students with one-on-one support and guidance. 2. Informing students on the dates, deadlines, and requirements of the college application process. 3. Aiding students in applying to college and acquiring financial aid.
Vision: We hope to bridge the educational achievement and college success gaps between students of varying income levels by providing low-income students with college prep mentors who will guide them through the college application process.
Program Outline: High school juniors in Gainesville who meet the low-income eligibility requirements are invited to participate in our two-year College Prep Mentoring Program. Participating students will meet with a mentor every other week who will assist them with planning, applying, and preparing for college, while also providing personal support and guidance. Mentors - students from the University of Florida - will receive training throughout the program on college applications, essay editing, standardized tests, scholarships, financial aid, professional development, and more, in order to provide tangible information and guidance for their mentees. At each meeting, mentors will discuss the appropriate topic based on a college prep timeline and also the personal needs of the mentee.