The ins and outs of the WV eMentoring program were explained during this week's Elkins Rotary meeting - and new mentors always are welcome.
Within the program, high school students and their mentors are guided through 10 distinct activities that help students define their career paths. Jessica Wintz, program director of WV eMentoring, discussed the details of what that means for students and their adult mentors.
"The activities are designed to get a student thinking about what options are available after high school," Wintz said during Monday's meeting.
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Jessica Wintz gives a presentation on the WV eMentoring program during an Elkins Rotary meeting this week.
The 10 activities include New Thinking about Career Success, Preparation for Careers, Abilities and Aptitudes, Personal Interests, Career Clusters and Pathways, Non-Traditional Workplace Roles, Experienceing Careers While Still in School, Selecting your Career Goal, Post Secondary Education Choice and Ending the WV eMentoring Relationship, according to eMentoring literature handed out in the meeting.
From beginning to end, Wintz said students are enlightened about the reality of each career, how personal interests can relate to career choices and how opportunities in high school can benefit a career path.
"It's done within a classroom setting," Wintz continued. "Students will complete an activity a week."
She said students take 30 minutes each week to complete one of the programs on a computer. When they are finished, students can contact their eMentor with any questions and concerns that weren't addressed in each activity, such as the details of an eMentor's career path.
Program literature that she distributed addressed the signup process for future eMentors.
Any adult can sign up for the program by going online and completing a simple training program. After that, a background check is conducted and an online profile is created.
Wintz said eMentors will be able to list their specific careers and their personal interests, allowing students to choose a mentor by choosing a career or by matching interests and hobbies.
Following her presentation, Rotarians asked Wintz a few questions - including whether the program is in other states, how many mentors take part in the program and how many of those are Rotary members.
She said the program is unique to West Virginia. Similar mentoring programs are located across the country and she mentioned that the West Virginia program is unique because it focuses on college and career development for high school kids.
Wintz said 230 mentors work with more than 600 students, and there are 27 mentors, statewide, who are members of Rotary.
Further information about the eMentoring program is available at www.wvementoring.org.