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The Buddy System stems from the idea of formalizing a peer-to-peer mentoring network within school systems; thereby allowing a greater network of shared knowledge and experience amongst students transitioning into the world of work.

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Young people are greatly influenced by other young people.

In giving greater thought to this challenge, I realized how influential peer relationships are in a young person's life.

Colleges and universities rely on alumni for a variety of reasons.

What if young people were required to enact a similar 'social contract' within their high school/secondary schools?

For Example:

Each graduating student (senior) is paired with a younger mentee (junior), as well as an older mentor (College Freshman or recent graduate) as he or she transitions from school to the world of work.

The senior learns from the experiences of the recent graduate and uses those insights for framing his or her professional goals. In turn, this very same senior shares his/her experience and insight with his/her junior mentee.

The pairings would not necessarily be made based on similar interests.  Rather, a more dynamic system for buddying up would be implemented in order to elicit diversity and provoke out of the box thinking/learning.

How will your concept support young people as they transition into the world of work?

By vicariously living through each others experiences in preparation for the world of work, The Buddy System of Peer-to-Peer Mentoring would build solidarity amongst young people. It would also foster a cohesive system for supporting each other through this transition as each student shares relevant skills, opportunities and information related to professional goals. Additionally, its a great way to begin building leadership skills as meeting the responsibilities of the The Buddy System, will be monitored for progress and effectiveness. (If the policies of a given education system stymie the introduction of this buddy network, it could be voluntarily piloted until it became culturally accepted by various schools)


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I love this idea - it's so simple but I think rings true for most young people. When I was younger, the last thing I wanted was to be lectured about proper resume font, typically from people whose career paths didn't resonate with me. I think that peer-to-peer mentoring is critical!

How can this process be formalized within the school system? Alternatively, the program could potentially be one of those things that thrives from being amorphous (in other words, create a format that is distinctly different from the too-often tedious and lifeless career center).

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Totally in agreement about creating something distinctly more interesting than the 'lifeless career center' ;-).

Could it be more of a planned system for nurturing those relationships as opposed to checking in to some physical space?

Maybe the school can brand those relationships, create discussion around them, share with universities, etc...

You've given me a lot to think about! Thank you.

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