Mentors can expose youths to so many careers via the internet, but hands-on activities and onsite visits to businesses and facilities are also helpful. For example, a mentor can discuss aeronautics with kites, weather, balsa wood model airplanes, and other related subjects in addition to viewing an airshow, going inside a plane in a museum, watching , etc.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses really are essential for males and females. Mentees who are behind in math and science need encouragement and tutoring so they graduate with more choices. STEM classes build on fundamentals so these blocks must be mastered beginning in elementary school and continuing through high school. Leave no mentee behind!
Shawnee United Way board member Michael Shaw, a businessman, tells about career mentoring in a Tulsa school. One of his students wanted to be a vet, but when Michael mentioned the number of years of education required, the student was not interested. Michael suggested becoming a vet tech. Upon research, that career, even if only a launching pad for another career or vet school, met the criterion of a reasonable amount of extra education while working with animals.
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