Nativity Prep’s mentoring program has reached an all-time record for greatest number of matches this year, with 57 of our 67 middle school students at Nativity Prep currently paired with a mentor. Thanks to mentors talking to their friends and work colleagues about the program and the diligent effort of Nativity Prep’s Director of Mentoring, Maria Power, the program has expanded not just in the number of matches, but in its quality.
Volunteer mentors meet with their students weekly on campus, often during lunchtime, to visit over a meal, play a game of ping pong, tackle a board game, and a variety of other activities. The program also has a handful of annual traditions that provide meaningful engagement opportunities between mentor and mentee, including Halloween pumpkin carving, Christmas festivities in Old Town, bowling night, watching a Junior Theatre performance, and a mentor appreciation picnic. Each month, mentors focus on themes based on the school’s five core values: faithful, inquisitive, loving, perseverant and responsible. Nativity Prep President, Dr. Gil Brady shares, “Mentors serve as guiding stars during the formidable middle school years. We’re grateful to these committed volunteers for sharing the gift of their time and wisdom.”
Many of the mentoring relationships formed while in middle school carry on through high school and beyond, even though the formal program ends after 8th grade. Recently, a mentor remained in contact with his mentee, Abraham, through his high school years. When Abraham received the good news that he was accepted to multiple high-caliber colleges, he had a tough decision to make. Abraham was accepted to one of his dream schools, the University of Notre Dame, but he had never stepped foot on campus. Abraham’s mentor understood his dilemma and graciously offered to chaperone him, with Abraham’s parents’ consent, for a weekend college road trip to South Bend, IN. When they learned that one of Nativity Prep’s Board members had a son attending Notre Dame, they were able to connect with him on campus and get his perspective on campus life. It was a pivotal weekend for Abraham and helped in his decision-making. We are happy to report that not only did Abraham end up enrolling at Notre Dame, but he is thriving there! This would not have been possible without the last-minute support of Abraham’s mentor.
If you or someone you know might be interested in mentoring, please reach out to Maria Power at firstname.lastname@example.org.