“My coach was there through my Senior year of
high school when
I needed an outsider to help me understand my emotions and he has been there to help me organize and prioritize and to remind me to not do too many things at once.
I know that he is one I can trust and depend on with my emotions, visions, and stressors.”
-POST GRAD PARTICIPANT
At Project Morry, high school juniors and seniors in the Post Grad program are matched with volunteer coaches. This highly successful mentoring program continues to move forward at a fast pace. Volunteer mentors are adults who make a two-year, one-on-one, personal commitment. Coaches connect monthly with young people to review PSAT and SAT preparation, college applications, scholarship and financial aid issues and discuss how to fill out job applications. Young people are encouraged to set short- and long-term goals and assisted in achieving a standard of excellence. The relationship between coaches and young people is based on consistency, positive reinforcement, accountability, commitment, respect and caring.
Coaches work closely with their students to support a strong sense of inner-motivation, build self-confidence, and provide them with the skills necessary to set and successfully move towards their goals. Volunteers provide new experiences and an adult perspective on life to help the young people make choices that will keep them safe, happy and healthy.
Coaches benefit from a structured curriculum and formal training program. A “contract” is signed by the coach and young person to insure that both individuals agree to the conditions of the match. The relationship is monitored and evaluated with a tracking system in place for ongoing review. Staff members provide these volunteer mentors with professional guidance and a safety net in their knowledge of the young person’s needs and critical stage in adolescent development.
The choices and goals set in high school may be a turning point in a young person’s life on a path to becoming a productive and self-confident adult. Young people share their hopes, dreams and challenges at home, in school and in their communities. Along the way, coaches and students share a great deal of fun, laughter and enjoyment.
WHO CAN BE A COACH?
Project Morry Coaches are adults who understand the Project Morry mission, meet the Coach Criteria and are interested in assisting young adults successfully navigate through the demanding task of finishing High School while preparing for their post graduation experiences.
WHY BE COACH?
“An opportunity to give back to an experience that has positively benefited me”
“Making a difference in the world and in the life of a young adult”
“A rewarding experience where you can see the influence you are having in the life of a child”
“A way to give that is tangible and visible”
“A way to give that involves time not money”
“Helping a capable kid achieve their goals”
Being a Coach can fulfill a desire to teach, learn, grow and be challenged. Being a Coach provides a motivated, bright young adult with a role model who can give them the extra support, encouragement and motivation that they need to fulfill their goals through their high school graduation.
1. Coaches must be able to make a personal commitment of two years.
2. Coaches must participate in a training session and orientation prior to being assigned to a Project Morry Post Grad.
3. Contact with Project Morry Post Grad at least once a month.
4. Accessible for consistent communication with the Project Morry liaison.
If you feel that the Coach program is something you are interested in please contact us at dream@projectmorry and we will help you get started! We look forward to hearing from you.
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