To provide helpful advice for success in school, Paul Cuffee Upper School students, who are members of the Mentors at Cuffee (MAC) after school program, designed and facilitated a morning info session about what it’s like to be in high school for Paul Cuffee sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Each group of Mentors led rapport-building exercises and took turns describing their experiences in high school. They also answered a list of 26 questions that middle schoolers had prepared in advance!
Later that day, these same Mentors at Cuffee spent time practicing their “elevator speeches” about their college and career aspirations. Dressed for success and carrying portfolios, they were then escorted to the Social Enterprise Greenhouse at 10 Davol Square by Student Success Manager and MAC Leader, Ron Thomas. Their assignment, which they all did beautifully, was to network with the professionals in attendance at a special reception in their honor prior to receiving recognition and certificates of completion for their career readiness accomplishments. The students represented themselves and our school so well, inquiries about their availability for summer employment began arriving the very next day!