It is the end of September, and fellows are gaining more knowledge on what their tasks will be at their site: meeting with their youth, networking with other organizations to collaborate with, diving into their curricula. We began our day with Curriculum Planning with MathPOWER’s very own Emily Duncan. We began our training with reminiscing on mistakes we made while working with youth. We focused solely on breaking down the process of planning a lesson, beginning with what we plan to teach, how we are going to teach it, and making sure what you are teaching is based on the needs of the youth we are serving.
After lunch, we followed up with an introduction to Northeastern’s Center of Community Service with Hillary Sullivan. She, along with fellow alum Jeremy Kazanjian-Amory, and the MPF staff conducted a Collaboration Cafe, where fellows got a chance to meet with a group for 20 minutes discussing how to recruit work study students, how to conduct college advising, and getting clarity on MPF logistics. There were also 2 free-forming groups that discussed ways to have collaboration among fellows’ sites, as well as talking over challenges that some fellows are having.
Our second day we did College Advising 101 with The College Advising Corps & “Let Me Take A Selfie”: The Middle Years with Tutoring Plus. College advising started off with a part of a documentary called First Generation, focusing on Dontay Gray’s story, growing up in Inglewood, CA and being a first generation college applicant. The training focused on how to build a strong college list with students based on their fit academically and their comfort. We also discussed different types of scholarships, bridge programs, and the road map to college success from junior year to senior year.
Our fellows in the Middle Years with Tutoring Plus targeted the emotions middle school youth are going through at that age, and how their actions can be misrepresented as blatant disrespect. We were asked to think back at our social, emotional, cognitive, and physical experiences during our time in middle school, then place ourselves in the shoes of our youth at that same age. We also looked back at some good qualities of a youth worker or someone we looked up to which included their excitement to see you, the advice they give, their impeccable listening skills and their similar interests.
To end off our session, we met with Janeen Smith, an MPF alum from Mass Mentoring. As some fellows will be recruiting mentors for their youth, they have to learn how to make those solid matches. Keeping in mind that closeness, longevity, and frequency can determine the outcome of mentor relationships, fellows learned about ways they can be beneficial. Janeen showed us the principles of youth mentoring which are: equality, cultural responsiveness, and positive social change; youth and family voice; promote safety and welfare.