- Published on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 01:00
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier
Local high schools seek college-prep mentors
MVLA Community Scholars is recruiting additional members for its College Prep Mentoring program. The program pairs AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) seniors at the schools with mentors who shepherd them through the college application process.
AVID’s goal is to prepare students for college and success in their future. The students typically come from low-income, immigrant families and are the first in their families to attend college. There are currently 54 AVID students enrolled in the two high schools.
Mentors are asked to help one or two students develop a college list, complete college applications, edit college essays and apply for scholarships and financial aid.
Mentors meet with their students once a week throughout the school year during an AVID class period. The schools’ AVID teachers, College and Career counselors and the MVLA Community Scholars Program support the mentors throughout the process. Mentors must be committed for the entire school year.
Los Altos High mentors are scheduled to meet 8-9 a.m. Fridays. Mountain View High mentors will meet 8:50-9:50 a.m. Wednesdays.
No prior experience is necessary. There will be training available throughout the year.
MVLA sponsors parent education event
The Mountain-View Los Altos Speaker Series has scheduled Jerrold Lee Shapiro, Ph.D., to discuss “Surviving Junior and Senior Years” 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Mountain View High School’s Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave.
Shapiro is professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, a licensed clinical psychologist and former Los Altos High School parent.
Shapiro will discuss how to address the emotional concerns of college-bound students, what “fit” means in a selecting a college and how a child can find the best fit. His presentation will include feedback from former high school students on what they wish their parents had done to help.
The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation and the Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council co-sponsor the event.
There is no charge for the presentation, designed for high school parents and counselors.
For more information, visit www.ptac.mvwsd.org/parented.html.