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Young people place their dreams of what they would like to learn to do on a wishing tree and potential mentors select the young person they are most excited about helping.

Young people place their dreams of what they would like to learn to do on a wishing tree and potential mentors select the young person they are most excited about helping.

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fjr commented on The Mentoring Wishing Tree

Thanks, Carol. I really important part of this is the other direction. That is, there has to be an attractive way of getting mentors to take interest in particular students. Many people might not want to volunteer to be part of a bank of mentors willing to be contacted by lots of people but would be happy to pick from among the people whose descriptions make it seem like a good match from the mentor's side.

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fjr commented on Creating The Open IDEO Classroom

I think this is a very worthwhile idea (from an educational standpoint, at least) and have thought of doing this myself with high school students where I live. Interestingly the educational institution to which I proposed this, which does after school and weekend programming rather than school day program, told me they have found it very difficult to get high school students to engage in enrichment programs outside of the typical sports/music/service and prep courses for preparing for college application. It would take some marketing.

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fjr commented on The Mentoring Wishing Tree

Thanks. I believe that research supports the great benefit of a mentor in the development of a range of dispositions and skills. The value as a potential reference in the job search is also clear, if the mentor has a track record that suggests credibility.