Mentoring for High School Students

About the Program

Professionals and college students through IAM’s Network volunteer their time to work with High School Students grades 9th through 12th, helping them to develop social and professional skills to gain access to future career opportunities, develop healthier relationships and strive academically.

Due to COVID-19, the IAM Mentoring program, like many programs had to pivot for the safety of our students and mentors. From April 2020 – May 2021, the IAM Mentoring program was virtual only. From October 2021 – May 2023 the Program has been limited to one-on-one mentoring support for students.

Traditional in-person program is set to resume in October 2023 as we kick off our 12th year of mentoring students! Save the date and get ready because we are back!

All volunteers through IAM have their Child Abuse Clearances, Criminal Background Checks and FBI Fingerprinting. Copies of clearances for all volunteers will be provided to the school prior to volunteers participating in the mentoring days.

IAM provides the following as an incentive for students who successfully complete the program:

  • A citation or personal letter of congratulations from Philadelphia City Council to include with college and/or internship applications.
  • Light dinner at each session
  • Assistance applying for Paid and/or Unpaid Summer Internships
  • Prizes and giveaways during workshops
  • College or young professional mentor
  • College tour during Spring of program year at no additional expense

All graduates of the IAM mentoring program have gone on to colleges and universities.

Upcoming Program Year Duration:          October 2023 – May 2023

Overview of Mentoring Day

5:30pm – 6:00pm               Sign-in, Dinner & Ice Breaker Games (Students marked late a 6:01pm)

6:00pm – 6:15pm                Student Introductions & Overview of today’s less

6:15pm – 6:30pm                Quote of the Day | Journal Reflection | Group Discussion

6:30pm – 7:15pm                Presentation of Today’s Topic/Lesson

7:15pm – 7:30pm                Feedback Surveys |  Day’s Reflection | Next Session Prep