Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

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Mentor a Buckeye

The Mentor-A-Buckeye Program (MAB) at the Ohio State University began in the Spring of 2015. The program pairs ninth graders from Whetstone High School with an Ohio State University undergraduate student mentor. Striving to assist inner-city high school students, MAB offers high school students the opportunity to interact with college students who help assist them in the college exploration process.Each mentee is paired with a mentor and will remain together throughout the mentee’s high school career.

Program Goals:

  • Provide motivation for higher education and increase college access and success among inner-city students
  • Promote meaningful relationships
  • Increase civic and service engagement
  • Cultivate sociocultural conversation and awareness
  • Create an extraordinary student experience for mentees and mentors

Vision: Mentor-A-Buckeye seeks to provide extraordinary experiences, to empower and motivate Columbus high school students and Ohio State undergraduate students to challenge themselves to continuously improve, become civically engaged in their communities and succeed in their academic pursuits.

High School Mentee Benefits

Mentees will receive guidance and support throughout high school into the next stage of life—college. College mentors will provide valuable insight of college life, resources, and the many opportunities available to their designated mentee. Benefits also include participation in social activities, meeting new people, and gaining both social and academic confidence. Students should expect to participate in the mentoring program for six semesters starting in the fall semester of their sophomore year. Sophomores will participate in global and civic engagement, volunteer opportunities, and career exploration. Juniors and Seniors will focus on leadership, professional development and college preparation.

Beginning in the second semester of junior year, the program will focus on “Walking Through the College Admissions Process” exploring various aspects of applying to a college. 

Mentee Responsibilities

  • Participate in bi-weekly sessions that will take place at the student’s high school.
  • Attend scheduled activities throughout the fall and spring semesters to get to know mentors, MAB family, and learn about the "ins and outs" of college life.
  • Stay in contact with mentor at least every other week by phone, text, or e-mail

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 The Ohio State Student Mentor Benefits

The Ohio State student mentors will engage in bi-weekly personal, professional and leadership development sessions. These sessions will include opportunities for students to engage and network with University administrators, faculty, staff and individuals in the greater Columbus community. Mentors will explore a greater understanding of self, groups, and society.

Mentor Responsibilities

  • Participate in bi-weekly development sessions that will take place on The Ohio State campus.
  • Commit to attend scheduled activities throughout the fall and spring semesters to get to know mentees, MAB family, and help mentee learn about the "ins and outs" of college life.
  • Stay in contact with mentee at least every other week by phone, text, or e-mail

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The program applications are closed. Please check back in the future for new opportunities.

 

MAB Staff