Middle/High School Group Mentoring Program

Unlike the P4K Elementary School Program, student participation in the P4K Middle and High School Group Mentoring  Program requires an application process and is not performed on a school-wide basis.

Beginning in sixth grade, students can choose to begin or continue participating in P4K programming if they meet the following criteria:

  • Attend a participating P4K  middle school or high school
  • Maintain a school attendance rate of 2 or fewer absences per quarter
  • Regularly attend P4K after-school meetings
  • Are eligible for free or reduced lunch (self-reported)

Our Middle/High School Group Mentoring Program curriculum  focuses on nine required workshops at each grade level in the areas of:

  1. Values Identification and Life Skill Development
  2. Goal Setting and Planning for the Future
  3. College and Career Exploration
  4. Leadership Development
  5. Community Responsibility
  6. Accountability
  7. Financial Vitality
  8. Integrity
  9. Moral Courage

Students and mentors meet three times per month. Two of the meetings each month present workshops focused on one of the nine areas.  The third monthly meeting allows for real-world application of the material covered in the monthly curriculum and involves an off-site activity.  The group mentoring curriculum is built according to the tenets and beliefs for educating middle school students as developed by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).

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To learn more about applying to participate, call Program Director, Jo Poppleton at 402-557-6364 or email jpoppleton@p4k.org.

Check out our program opportunities for participants:

Group Mentoring, Middle School Model

P4K’s middle school participants and volunteers interact with each other in a traditional group mentoring model . Group mentors work with a team of 3-4 students within a classroom of 25 students who meet three times a month after-school. These sessions are organized and facilitated by a P4K program coordinator and include research-based curriculum designed to help students develop a sense of responsibility, self esteem, initiative, creativity, leadership and pride. At every third meeting of the month, mentor/mentee groups participate in a real-world application of the material covered during the first two meetings with off-site activities in collaboration with  community partners such as Respect  Network, Metro Community College, UNO Service  Learning Academy, Youth  Ethics  Alliance, Nebraska Furniture Mart, and Creighton University.

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Group Mentoring, High School Model

The P4K High School Group Mentoring Program is the culmination of P4K’s formal mentoring program and is offered to 9th and 10th grade students at  Benson, Central, North, Northwest and South High School.   The program is designed to help students successfully transition into high school as well as introduce them to our partner programs and assist them in identifying which of the programs might be the best fit for them after their successful completion of the P4K Group Mentoring Program.

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Career Exploration

It is important for youth to feel connected to their community and to take pride in it. Our programs offer opportunities for students to participate with their mentors and their classmates in service-learning projects to give students an opportunity to bond outside of the classroom as well as help the students identify roles in which they can feel useful and productive.

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Service Learning

It is important for youth to feel connected to their community and to take pride in it. Our programs offer opportunities for students to participate with their mentors and their classmates in service-learning projects to give students an opportunity to bond outside of the classroom as well as help the students identify roles in which they can feel useful and productive.

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P4K University

We want to keep our students engaged all year long. P4K University is our newest and most comprehensive summer program. It allows students to select a “major,” or field of interest that they wish to explore from areas including: STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math), Law School For Teens, Medicine, Outward Bound Leadership Development, Healthy Living, The Arts and more! Once the students select their major, they will be enrolled in a seminar which includes hands-on projects, behind-the scenes tours and practical skills workshops.

College Access and Scholarships

P4K students begin preparing for college in middle school by attending college tours and listening to current P4K college students talk about their experiences. By the time average P4K student completes 10th grade, they have toured a minimum of 11 college campuses. Beginning in a student’s junior year of high school they become eligible to continue a more intensive college prep program with one of our 20+ partner programs. Students who successfully complete P4K’s group mentoring program and participate in a P4K Partner Program are eligible to apply for a scholarship through Partnership 4 Kids.

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*P4K programs are supported in part by a grant from United Way of the Midlands.

 

P4K proudly participates in the AmeriCorps network of programs.

The Value of mentoring

Mentoring is one of the most crucial parts of Partnership 4 Kids programming because of its proven link to student success. Research has demonstrated time and again that in terms of educational achievement, health and safety and social development, a young person with a mentor in their life is more likely to continue their education, avoid participation in negative behaviors and even have better communication skills.

P4K incorporates three different types of mentor volunteers to ensure students get the most out of their mentoring relationships at every age.

Role Model and Mentor Volunteer Types:

Goal Buddies
Corporate and individual community volunteers visit elementary school classrooms twice per quarter, serving as role models and motivators for elementary-aged students that are striving to reach their goals. Currently goal buddies are volunteering their time in more than 200 OPS classrooms.

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Group Mentoring
P4K is the only organization in the state of Nebraska that has implemented the unique model of group mentoring into our programming, and we love it!  P4K group mentors work with a team of 3-4 students within a classroom of 25 students who meet three times per month from 3:30-5p.m. One of the biggest benefits of using the group mentoring model is the collaborative atmosphere that it creates.  Students are able to feel more at ease by having the support of their peer group and mentors don’t feel pressured to form an instant one-on-one relationship with their mentees.  The group dynamic offers both mentor and mentees the chance to bond naturally over time.

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P4K Capstone Program

The P4K Capstone Program is the culmination of P4K’s formal mentoring program and is offered to 9th and 10th grade students at  Central, North, Northwest and South High School. New P4K school, Benson High School, will also have ninth grade programming this year and will add 10th grade programming in the fall of 2016.  The program is designed to help students successfully transition into high school as well as introduce them to our partner programs and assist them in identifying which of the programs might be the best fit for them after their successful completion of the Capstone Program.