Reach Out! 12/98 Progress Report: I. Anecdotal Report E

Yamina's photo is coming!
Yamina Acebo

Astrophysics undergraduate

Yamina began as a freshman by working with Nichols Arboretum on their lessons for our Web site (Have You Ever Met a Tree? and Living in a Tree). She then began seeing the need to seek and cite good Web sites within lessons as "extension" ideas, thus putting Web technology to use in an appropriate way. She worked with her fiancé to develop a lesson on building a door alarm from a project he did as a child. Yamina suggested that we translate our Web site into Spanish, and one day we hope to do so.

Karyl's photo is coming!
Karyl Shand

Aerospace Engineering undergraduate

Pioneer High Mentoring Program

A common recruiting tool for Reach Out! is friends latching onto friends. Karyl came to Reach Out! through her friendship with Alicia. Over time, Karyl has evolved from a volunteer mentor to our UM mentor coordinator at Pioneer High School. She oversees recruiting, matching, ongoing support and orientation for mentors; interacts with teachers and parents; and of course, touches base with the children being served. In 1995-96, about 70 tutors worked with more than 100 teens; in 1996-97 there were 121 mentors with over 130 teens; and from fall 1997 through fall 1998, 197 mentors worked with 216 teens from Pioneer. Reach Out! now has its own office, staffed by a parent coordinator, at Pioneer High in the counseling area. This shows true stakeholder development and is no small feat!

Karyl has worked with CUOS outreach staff to establish a model database and evaluation/assessment system for the program. She hopes to share this model with other colleges or universities that would like to offer such long-term school-based mentoring for teens. She developed and provided orientations for mentors this year and has learned from the many roadblocks what it takes to persevere and to make such a program a reality. She has dealt with mentors not showing up, students not showing up, students wanting to con mentors into doing their homework, parents being angry about their children not seeing improvements in grades or not being matched as soon as they want, teachers who are at a loss for how to help a teen, and coaches who want their entire teams mentored. Karyl is also hoping to work with a few teachers to integrate study groups into their classrooms. She recognizes that few teens know how to come together to study and it is a key to the success of many university students! Mechanical Engineering Professor Bill Schultz is piloting a study group with her at Pioneer this fall.

Karyl is now working on ways to promote career exploration for children via their mentors and the office at the school. She is working with the school's counselors and career center coordinator. We know that teens need to see a reason to take on and do well in math and science classes. CUOS was able to provide a computer which is now on line at the school's Reach Out! office. Together, Karyl and her team hope to provide career awareness opportunities for students, field trips, and job shadowing experiences.

As mentors expressed concerns on how to help their children with personal concerns from dating to eating disorders, she worked with the principal and parent coordinator to create a resource directory list and mentor Web site, which now includes on-line tutorial and study skill links, as well as career and college planning directories.

UM and Statewide Stakeholder Development
Karyl also presented her mentoring program to Governor Engler's staff in summer 1998. She clearly sees what benefits there are for everyone involved in such a program and relationship—UM people, teens, teachers, parents. Her leadership abilities have grown with the responsibility she has taken on in coordinating this program. Karyl has tried to communicate with UM's service learning office, has met with Ann Arbor school leaders and Blanche Pringle (current director for achievement gap efforts), attended Pioneer open houses, met with teachers and parents, and in general worked to forge relationships and the connection of resources for children to help them succeed in math and science. Karyl also hopes to share the Reach Out! high school mentoring model with other colleges.

I. Anecdotal Report
  A. Grace Kim
  B. Alicia Pinderhughes
  C. Debbie McCartney
  D. Marie Tripp, Jim Birnby & Amy Raudenbush, Aarti Raheja
  E. Yamina Acebo, Karyl Shand
  F. Roselle Herrera, John Nees, Fritz Weihe, Andy Rundquist, Reulonda Norman
  G. Cherita Hunter, Faye Booker-Logan
  H. Veronica Cottingham, Doris Calvert
  I. Erika Arias, Rachel Keefer, Srinivas Sridhara
II. Traditional Report
  A. Expand established programs
    1. Tutoring
    2. Wizards for Hands-On Science Activities
    3. Career Exploration
  B. Support for Michigan Mandate and Agenda for Women Goals
  C. Lessons Learned
  D. Next Steps
Appendix A: Volunteer Mentors from Fall 1997 through Fall 1998
Appendix B: Science Club Volunteers from Fall 1997 through Fall 1998
Appendix C: Outreach Sites from Fall 1997 through Fall 1998

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