INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) is releasing a new toolkit for youth-serving programs that help students achieve postsecondary success. The College and Career Success Mentoring Toolkit provides a roadmap for organizations looking to develop a successful mentoring program that will support students after they graduate high school, whether they move into a college setting, opt for an apprenticeship or decide to enter the workforce.
“Hoosier students have many options when it comes to their post-high school plans. IYI wants to help students succeed by providing critical resources to organizations that are involved in helping them transition into their adult lives,” says Tami Silverman, CEO for the Indiana Youth Institute. “This toolkit will help youth-serving organizations around the state support students and keep them moving toward success, regardless of their path.”
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education and thirteen organizations from around the state contributed to the development of this Toolkit. It consists of lessons from the field that will help organizations create a program that works, select and prepare the right mentors to partner with students, and engage the community in the program. In addition, it provides practical steps to guide organizations through the process.
“Students need guidance, and knowing they have a mentor who cares and supports them eases the challenges they face day-to-day,” Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said. “Providing mentoring resources to youth-serving organizations is critically important to the development of effective mentors in our communities.”
This toolkit will provide a better understanding of what does and does not work when it comes to developing a postsecondary mentoring program for young people. It also will work seamlessly with the upcoming student version created by Project Leadership, a program based in Grant and Delaware counties that helps students access and succeed in college.
IYI will host a webinar on May 16 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. (EDT) to help program members better understand how both Toolkits can assist their organizations and ultimately students. IYI also will feature the Toolkit during the Postsecondary Counseling Institute (PCI) presented by Kroger on June 16 and 17 in Indianapolis. To register for the webinar or PCI, visit the calendar section of www.iyi.org.
The Toolkit is available for download under the College & Career Counseling section of www.iyi.org, as well as through the Indiana Mentoring Partnership website at www.abetterhour.org.
The Indiana Youth Institute promotes the healthy development of Indiana children and youth by serving the people, institutions and communities that impact their well-being.
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