David Power

Mentor Coordinator, MENTOR RUSD

Racine Unified School District

Find me online:

“Manage a school-based 4-8 mentoring program in my community.”

MY ROUTE:

The Curved Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Mentor Coordinator, MENTOR RUSD

foundation interest 1 interest 2

My work allows me to combine the foundation of TEACHING / MENTORING and the interests of EDUCATION and NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

I have the opportunity to provide mentors for students in grades 4-8. I interview students, prospective mentors, coordinate with teachers, counselors, social workers, principals and parents to arrange matches for mentees and mentors. I recruit in the community for new mentors, and provide training and ongoing support for mentoring matches.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

Patience, organization, interpersonal, writing, and phone skills, willingness to promote and "sell" the program to new people. Sensitivity to cultural diversity and an understanding of challenges that students face is important.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Mentor Coordinator, MENTOR RUSD

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Undergraduate - education, sociology
  • Graduate - Educational Leadership and Administration, General

What I studied STRONGLY RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School -
  • Undergraduate - Eastern Illinois University
  • Graduate - Eastern Illinois University, Education, General

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN COLLEGE

Graduate with a good GPA and be involved in volunteering in your community.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM MY PARENTS

“You don't seem to have any focus.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

I was more interested in exploring things like music, photography, the outdoors, working and sports than studying. I knew that I had the intelligence, and it was not until college that everything fell together for me academically. When my mind was ready, everything clicked! Things take time.

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