Mentor Program: Shelter in Place has had its impact on mentor-mentee relationships. Some have grown stronger as mentors and mentees have become creative with their time together. We have heard stories of mentors and mentees watching favorite shows simultaneously, visiting virtual museums and taking virtual classes together, meeting outdoors at a safe distance, and communicating over text or video chat. For others, the strain of lost jobs, food insecurity, and distance learning has made it too difficult to stay in close contact. Still, our mentors are “there” when needed, and that relationship is important in itself.
MTC values our partnership with the high schools as we coordinate efforts to engage students. This will be especially important as the new year approaches and students are required to adapt to new practices and routines.
Tutor Program: MTC’s remote tutoring pilot program continues this summer as students aim to stay on top of their studies and avoid the summer slide. Concurrently, the MTC Remote Tutor Tasking Force is researching and designing programs for a fall Remote Tutoring Program. We are coordinating with the elementary school districts to ensure that our approach is aligned with their fall plans. Partnership will be key to ensure that all students get the attention and support they need in this new environment.