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Step Prep Mentoring Initiative

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THE STORY:

STEP is the post-secondary education initiative of Memphis and Shelby County designed to facilitate an increase in the number of post-secondary degrees and certificates earned by its residents. STEP offers programs that improve access to funding, mentoring, and pathways to a post-secondary education. STEP provides youth a pipeline of support to help scholar’s complete their post-secondary education, enter our workforce, and contribute to the growth of our economy. Our scholar’s are graduates Memphis City School’s Prep Academies and most are enrolled in a post-secondary institution. Our scholar’s education is a step toward our future.
The newest resource developed to serve the STEP Prep Scholar’s is the STEP Prep Mentoring Initiative. The Mentoring Initiative is structured to follow a primarily in-direct contact mentoring formation. Designed with both the potential mentor and typical mentee in mind, our program only requires 3 direct meetings that will be planned, paid, and provided by the RISE Foundation. Unlike most common mentoring program structures, the STEP Prep Mentoring Initiative does not require our mentors to plan outings or incur any expenses while providing help to our mentees. All of the group style direct contacts will take place on Saturdays and will occur about once every two months. In between direct contacts in-direct contacts are made weekly to ensure success. This contact may take place via telephone, email, IM, or even Facebook.
The time spent between a mentor and a mentee is critical and this relationship should focus on building positive attitudes and lifestyles. Many of our scholar’s have limited support systems at home and need the reliable advice of a stable and progressive adult. Before making the commitment to our program our mentors must have a sincere dedication and passion to influence lives. While, nobody can go back and start a new beginning, anyone can start today and make a new ending. The STEP Prep Program has identified the need of positive influence in our scholar’s lives. And while no one is able to take them back to the beginning and start anew, with your help we can meet them where they are today and take them to the next STEP!

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