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Mentoring as a high school and/or jr. college elective option.

Seems that the education system has monopolized the time and focus of today's youth, with increasing demands to meet graduation requirements. Elective credits are required for high school graduation and needed in some jr. college credits toward university transfers. Yet for the most part, options for electives classes are pretty limited. Especially at high schools. Mentoring for school credits or hours could be a highly effective way to really get youth to adult mentoring going strong, in all communities, everywhere.

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Earn education credits for sharing your education with people who were educated before you.
There would need to be research conducted to see if students would be interested in becoming mentors to earn school credits.
Then it would have to be presented to the people involved in the education systems, that make decisions about things of this nature. 
Of course a plan of action would have to be professionally written regarding; the how's, when's, where's , and all details. As well as, solutions to any possible challenges that could arise. 

As for the initiating steps to launch the mentoring program for education credits, it could look something like the following:
Local hospitals, VA hospitals, and senior activites centers (among other place frequented by seniors) could present seniors with the option of being matched to a youth mentor. A quick, basic questionnaire form would begin the initiation and "match up" process on the seniors side of the mentoring service. While on campus, students that sign up for the classes, would have a list of options made available to them where they could choose the type of mentoring they would like to fulfill. And the matching process begins, following a series of instructional classes that would cover the rules and regulations for mentoring and mentoring safety and success. 


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The IB schools have CAS hours. CAS stands for creativity, action, service. It's an existing model that works and can be replicated:

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