Who We Are
Success Mentors is a career readiness afterschool program for middle school students in the Toledo, OH area. Our program goals respond to Ohio Department of Education’s Five Community Connectors core principles using best practices.
Success Mentors is designed to help middle school students:
- Learn to set goals and monitor progress that lead to success in education and employment.
- Develop positive character traits needed for success in education and employment.
- Solve problems and make decisions that lead to success in education and employment.
- Overcome barriers to success to in education and employment.
- Envision a positive future and take the necessary actions to experience a positive future.
Through this program’s special mentoring feature, students feel they have partners in their school and career journey. This helps increase student’s resiliency, which in turn contributes to self-esteem and a sense of belonging to overcome obstacles often faced by families in our public school system, such as irregular school attendance, mental health issues, troubling behaviors and even suicide.
Success Mentors program currently operates at Pickett Elementary in Toledo Public Schools (TPS), serving grades 5 – 8. Relationships created through the program ensure a brighter, more productive future for students while positively impacting our mentors’ lives as well. The program features daily hands-on, inquiry rich content lessons with group mentors and weekly one-to-one contact between career professionals/community members and students that provides opportunities to develop close relationships to encourage success in school and the future. Mentoring includes both career related activities and meaningful conversations to develop students’ critical-thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
Success Mentors are corporate, nonprofit and faith-based partners, community members and volunteers at large, and students’ family members who dedicate their time to ensure a brighter, more productive future for Toledo’s youth.
Community members not only serve as mentors in the program but also as models of success to increase the students’ beliefs in a positive future. Mentors commit to long-term relationships with students to nurture trust and help guide students through different processes for problem-solving and decision making in a variety of areas in students’ lives. Family members as mentors reinforce that students are loved, valued and capable of having strong character.
How We Do It
Success Mentors’ design features a unique combination of three mentoring models to achieve the program’s goals: one-on-one mentoring; small group mentoring and large group mentoring. A significant emphasis is placed on one-on-one mentoring involving a community leader.
- Developmentally appropriate college & career curricula.
- Engaging hands-on STEAM-based activities and projects that develop the core principles of team building, communication and goal setting to be prepared for the 21st Century careers.
- Activities which build character and resiliency.
- Pathway opportunities that lead to a positive future.
Our outcomes are accomplished through a blend of problem-based learning activities, which expose students to hands-on experiences that people do in the real world from lighting a house to starting their own business. The lessons are combined with a meal, homework help, technology training, career pathway guest speakers, field trips to colleges and work sites, service learning, exposure to all types of post-secondary training options including apprenticeships and certificate programs, SMART goal setting, parent engagement events, and of course, mentoring.
We meet four days per week afterschool from 3:30-6PM October-May, which includes meal time and homework help.
To bring this program to your school or community center, please contact our Program Manager, Jennifer Morrison, at 419-242-2122. We can customize the timing of our afterschool program to your students’ and families’ needs for afterschool care and programming. Success Mentors is eligible for Title 1 funding and is aligned to Ohio Academic Content Standards for English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science.
The program at Pickett Academy is funded by Ohio Department of Education’s Community Connectors Grant and Toledo Public Schools.