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What is MentorV?
MentorV provides an informal, one-on-one video mentoring experience fusing fast, free-form written expression to bring students along journeys of self-discovery and growth, while enhancing their communication skills.
Today’s students need opportunities to explore their voices and discover their own personal aspirations, purpose and intentions through writing.
Given the impact of COVID-19 on education, MentorV serves as a supplemental program that gives students the opportunity to develop their writing skills and explore their own personal strengths and weaknesses, while schools may not have the resources they need to provide support in this area.
Because it makes sense to encourage kids to learn about themselves, by writing about who they are and what they might want to accomplish in life.
Because, we need to listen to our kids (they are the future!) -- and help them find their Voices and understand their own Values and Visions.
Because, it’s amazing to see kids articulate on the page and explore the human language, to experience writing and the writing process as a space for exploration, and create their own narratives about the world we live in.
We begin with a 30-minute video conversation with the student to collaborate on developing three writing prompts or topics that the student would like to write about for three, 20-minute, self-timed periods of free-form writing.
Students complete the writing on their own over the next few days and share their writing with us via Google Docs, for feedback.
In subsequent video conversation sessions, students receive critiques of their work and collaborate with their mentor to develop new writing prompts. The student may continue the program for as long a period as he or she wants to.
The writing process is an excellent tool for figuring out what students might want to do next with their lives. Much of the writing we do at work and in academic settings is challenging, requiring both mental and physical effort, and ultimately helps us to organize ourselves within the world we share.
Fast, free-form writing for a set period of time can be a very enlightening experience, as the student expresses thoughts emerging as words from the mind, to the pen, to the page.