Whitney Harris, an AVID* teacher at Gateway STEM High School in St. Louis, Missouri, wants her students “to do great big things” and be successful in life. She’s chosen to partner with the International Telementor Program (ITP) to help support her students, who typically are academically average and perhaps from families with a low income that do not have a tradition of college attendance.
With the help of professionals who volunteer as ITP mentors, students conduct research to discover areas of need in their community, learn who’s working on the identified issues–if anyone, and develop projects to either enhance work already taking place or to address the need in a fresh way.
Beyond learning to serve others, Harris feels ITP mentors help “…students learn to effectively collaborate and how to depend on and trust professional relationships.” And for many of her students, learning to trust is a big deal. Read more.