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MentorOn is an online mentoring program. BC students mentor high school students, who then mentor and facilitate groups of younger students in weekly sessions that include academic tutoring, games, and supportive conversations.
The global pandemic has dramatically disrupted all of our lives, but Boston College Professor Belle Liang—and her high school-age son, Toby Ting—seized on the "interruption" to create this innovative, online peer mentoring program that engages high school, middle school, and elementary school students in genuine social connection. Launched in March 2020, the project equips high school students to advise and support their younger counterparts, with BC students (and recent graduates) serving as trainers. Together, they are creating an expanding, virtual neighborhood. #stayconnected
All 3rd-8th graders are eligible to sign up for a mentor, as long as parents are present in the room during the sessions.
Who is eligible for MentorOn sessions?
Who is eligible to volunteer?
High school students with skills and experience in working with middle school and elementary school students. College or graduate students with skills and experience can also apply to mentor youth or supervise mentors. Volunteers are selected through a careful process including interviews, reference checks; and they are supported through weekly training and supervision.
We include questions pertaining to socioeconomic status in our sign-up form so that we can match these students first.
How are students from disadvantaged backgrounds being served?
Spectrum is providing free Wi-Fi services for students during the school shutdown. Their number is 1-844-488-8398.