The team at Lion’s Pride Mentoring has always set out to empower young people to serve as leaders in their communities, believing that students are best equipped to identify and solve student problems. Over the course of this school year, Lion’s Pride Mentoring plans to expand the power of students in the program. One new method for increased student voice comes with the addition of “Bigs Only” sessions.
The first “Big Only” session took place at the founding Lion’s Pride Mentoring campus, Baker College Prep where Bigs, student mentors in the program, were able to gather together and discuss with their fellow Bigs how they are doing with their Little, student mentee. Bigs also received extra support and guidance from the Lion’s Pride Mentoring Program Manager Brianna Kuramitsu to find solutions to better mentor their Little and encourage them.
“I put upon myself to be more active in the campus communities, so now I’m President of the Black Student Union. I’m also part of a mentoring program like I was in high school. It's called Net Search STEM Mentorship Program where I am a mentor to three freshmen.”
Travis continued on saying how the program “was a wake-up call for sure” and how the program was the reason why he joined Net Search. A few alumni were able to join us at our first ever holiday party where they shared their experience with the program and how Lion’s Pride Mentoring continues to support them.
As Lion’s Pride Mentoring begins to see more alumni graduating from college in the coming years, the need for more opportunities for alumni will become more necessary. While we await the hire of our Manager of Student Supports, Lion’s Pride Mentoring would love to connect with individuals and companies interested in providing career shadow days, internships, or career advice. Check out our “Become A Volunteer” section of our website for more information and sign up for our newsletter to stay informed on other opportunities with Lion’s Pride Mentoring.