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?
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.