is designed to provide to at-risk youth and student athletes an opportunity to attend college or strengthen their academics through mentoring.
is also designed to provide the critical academic support necessary for a successful high school or post-secondary career experience.
West Columbia, SC 29172
Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one person shares knowledge, skills, information and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of someone else. We all have a need for insight that is outside of our normal life and educational experience. The power of mentoring is that it creates a one-of-a-kind opportunity for collaboration, goal achievement and problem-solving.
A mentor facilitates personal and professional growth in an individual by sharing the knowledge and insights that have been learned through the years.
Teacher–share your knowledge and
experience as a former college student.
~ Problem solver–refers mentees to resources and offer options.
~ Motivator– helps when mentee is facing a challenging class by giving encouragement, support, and incentives.
~ Coach–help mentee to overcome performance difficulties through positive feedback (reinforce behavior) and constructive feedback (change behavior).
~ Guide–help mentee to set realistic goals. Five goal setting factors: specific, time-framed, results oriented, relevant, and reachable
“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.”
John C. Crosby
Advisory programs serve many purposes in high schools, but the overarching purpose is to personalize students’ learning environment. Advisory connects students and staff in ways that can decrease the pervasive anonymity in high schools that has been correlated with dropout. When schools provide access to extracurricular opportunities for development, students are more likely to succeed. This is particularly important for children who come from under-served families and neighborhoods.
Advisory is highly connected to lowering dropout rates, raising four-year graduation rates, and improving the trajectory for students to continue academic pursuits and post-secondary training after high school. When we link the academic and social/personal dimensions of schooling together, school achievement scores rise and student potential flourishes
Development of leadership includes the ability to inspire trust and convey competence. Sports provide a training ground to cultivate and practice these skills by presenting challenges that help a person develop leadership abilities. They invite the participant to spot opportunities that make other people successful, led by example, commit 100 percent to an effort, maintain focus, follow through and rise up to one's potential.
Leadership is about bringing out the potential in others and inspiring people to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. Leaders are made through hard work, discipline, dedication, values, and harness their potential in order to achieving a well-planned vision.
MALES aim is to achieve high performance standards. Great athletes don't inspire people around them because they do the impossible; they inspire others because they raise the bar on what is possible. In that way, people see them as leaders in their field -- people to learn from and emulate. People placed in positions of authority do not become leaders by virtue of having a title such as CEO. If they fall short, and someone without the title rises above them because of high performance, the person without the title assumes the role of leader.
MALES program goal is to partner with a state tuition free online charter school to offers students the opportunity to develop a personalized academic plan to help them earn their high school diploma. MALES will be open to all individuals 12-19 in the high school. Our program is designed so that the students will develop practical and daily living skills applicable to almost any career in including: critical analysis, research, teamwork, flexibility, perseverance, and the ability to meet deadlines. Students and faculty will collaborate with each other and with other professionals on projects that are shared in a variety of venues inside and outside of school. The relationship between the career guidance counselors, MALES’ counselor and business, as well as the creative collaboration is required in order for the programs to be a successful for our students.
MALES Program goal is to provide and develop educational programs by providing opportunities for 12-19 year old students an opportunity to continue their learning, refine vocational pursuits, and enhance social relationships in the settings utilized by their school-aged peers. The collaboration with the local colleges creates the possibility for authentic experiences for students to be involved with college students who have a vested interest in working with and having relationships with student athletes. Outcomes will include knowledge, skills and friendships beneficial to their transition to the adult world.