Overview

The MICHIGAN Mentorship Program is experiential learning course, designed to provide mentoring experiences for students in the Ann Arbor Public Schools who are regarded at risk for low achievement. We pair college students with elementary and high school students in order to help students with homework, to encourage effective learning strategies, to set goals, and to help them develop appropriate coping strategies. College students who can relate to younger students’ concerns are a tremendous resource for their learning and motivation. Conversely, college students can learn a great deal from children and adolescents as they work through issues.

University of Michigan students enrolled in Psychology 304 attend orientation meetings prior to reporting to a local school. Depending on the number of credit hours elected, the UM students spend 6-8 hours per week meeting 1:1 with their mentees. In addition, the college students attend weekly seminar discussion sessions.

At the local school, teachers, teacher consultants, counselors, or administrators advise the mentors as to what kind of assistance the students need.

University students will be expected to participate in mentoring a minimum of six hours per week, read related background information, keep a weekly journal, and write a 8-10 page paper.

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