Impact of Mentoring
Every SSP student is paired with a dedicated and passionate mentor who helps guide them through their four-year high school journey. The most important role of a mentor is to support and encourage their mentee, particularly as they struggle to overcome obstacles and solve problems. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.
Learn more about the impact of mentoring at www.mentoring.org.
Become a Mentor
SSP Mentors have a sincere desire to be involved in the life and growth of a high school student. Since 1986, over 6,000 SSP mentors have served as role models, cheerleaders, advocates, and friends. Mentors report that they are positively changed by their experience with their mentee.
Here’s how to get started!
- Complete the online application form.
- After you complete the application, SSP will contact you regarding next steps.
- Countdown to September when you will be invited to a special event to meet your mentee.
- Commit to meeting with your student one-on-one, 4-6 times a year.
- Develop a supportive mentoring relationship that will last for 4 years.
- Keep in touch with your student monthly via phone or email.
- Join your peers and meet new people at mentors-only social and learning events (optional).
Our Promise to You
- SSP supports mentors by providing free guides, webinars and workshops on the most effective ways to help and connect with your mentee.
- SSP offers fun mentor-only networking events throughout the year.
Click here to be a Sponsor, Mentor, or both.
- You will be sent a confirmation email.
- You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org inviting you to consent to a criminal background check.
- In the summer, you will be invited to participate in an online webinar introducing you to our program and the requirements.
- In the summer, you will also receive notification asking you to choose a date in September to meet your mentee.
- September – it’s time to meet your mentee. During your initial meeting, you will meet your mentee, his/her parent, and SSP staff.
Mentor Resource Center
Welcome to SSP’s Mentor Resource Center. The Mentor Resource Center provides free guides and links to external mentoring information to support you in your role as a mentor.
The Benefits of Mentoring – Research confirms that high quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic and professional situations. To learn more about the benefits of mentoring, check out the following research and information.
Highlighted below is additional information to support you!
- With Friends Like These: Research identifies likely source of teen cyberbullying
- Mentors Give a Lift to a Student’s five C’s
- Social Media and Body Issues in Youth: Why mentors are well-suited to intervene
- Navigating Internet Risks: Mentors can help show the way
Guiding a first generation to college
- Mentors helping students prepare for college- More than just making the grade
- Exploring and Valuing Diversity
- Supporting Grieving Mentees
- Time and Trust Trump All
COLLEGE AND CAREER PROGRAM
Did you know:
- Earning a college degree is “the most powerful instrument of economic mobility for low-income Americans (NY Times).
- Only 1 in 10 people from low-income families will have a college degree by age 25. (Russell Sage Foundation).
- The share of jobs that require a post-secondary education has doubled over the last 40 years (Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce).
Given the demand of the workplace for post- secondary education and training, SSP now offers a College and Career Program supplementary to each high school program. We believe it is never too early to begin preparing for college and a career.
SSP’s College and Career Program offers preparatory resources and tools to help SSP students to prepare for college and/or skills based career programs.
There are critical milestones students should strive to achieve each class year. The SSP roadmap is a ‘planning toolkit’ and a ‘checklist for success’ for high school freshmen that helps them to address and overcome challenges they may face.
SSP’s Roadmap outlines how to write a S.M.A.R.T. goal to help find solutions to challenges. S.M.A.R.T. goals are goals that are (S) Specific, (M) Measurable, (A) Attainable and (R) Relevant in my life at this moment and (T) Time-bound.
Click here to get started on your personalized Roadmap.
Sophomore Soft Skills Training Guide
Sophomore year is the best time to expose students to various career pathways and professional environments. SSP sophomores will receive soft skills training, which includes learning the tools and techniques to make a good first impression in any professional or academic environment. SSP sophomores will be able to put their soft skills into practice in a professional environment at SSP job shadow days and/or career days.
Click here to view the Soft Skills Training Guide.
All sophomores and juniors to take the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT10 practice tests. Highlighted below are suggested resources:
Junior year is a key year to get ready for college with SAT prep, taking the SAT, and visiting colleges and college fairs.
SSP offers free SAT prep courses to all SSP juniors during their winter/spring semester.
- SAT instruction on a weekly basis for approximately three months from the Ivy Key’s skillful instructors.
- Individualized support designed to meet student’s test needs and result in improved overall SAT scores.
- Three mock tests and receive in-depth analyses of results.
- A two-hour college admissions consulting class at the end of the course.
SAT Prep Free Online Resources
- Prep Online course with Khan Academy for those SSP juniors unable to participate in SSP’s SAT Prep Course and for those who want extra SAT practice. Click here to practice SAT questions through Khan Academy.
- SAT Study Guide for Students
- SAT Practice Test
- SAT Registration
- SAT Fee Waivers
- College SAT Essay Policies
- Daily Practice for the New SAT APP
- All About SAT Scores
Official SAT Study Guide (2016 Edition)
New SAT (28th Edition)
Vendor: Barnes and Noble
College Best Fit and Application Process
SSP offers one-on-one college application counseling and “best fit” analysis workshops. The workshop will cover key components of the college application process such as developing a “best fit” college list, developing a strong college essay, and completing college and financial aid applications (FAFSA).
- More than 600 universities and colleges accept the Common Application.
- SUNY (The State University of New York) consist of 64 college campuses that offer over a thousand majors to study. The SUNY Application is accepted by 52 of the 64 State University of New York colleges. The other schools have a campus application form.
- CUNY (The City University of New York) has 24 colleges and graduate schools located in New York City. The CUNY Application is accepted by all of the colleges within the City University of New York. The deadline is Feb 1st. Students may select up to six colleges on the application.
College Planning Resources
- BigFuture College
- Scholar Matcher
- Start Class
- Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges
- NYC College Line
- College Scorecard
- The Latino College Expo
New York University
Kimmel Student Center
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Fair Date: 2017 TBD
- New York National College Fair
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001-1188
Fair Date: 2017 TBD
- Southern Westchester College Fair
Westchester Putnam College Conference Committee
Westchester County Center
White Plains, NY 10606
Fair Date: Monday, April 25, 2016 (6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
- Northern Westchester College Fair
Westchester Putnam College Conference Committee
Fox Lane High School
Fair Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (6:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.)
- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an online application students and parents are required to complete to qualify for financial aid in college. The application is the first step in the financial aid process. You will use the FAFSA to apply for federal student aid such as grants, work-study, and loans (Resource: Federal Student Aid).
- Completing the FAFSA Checklist
- The New York State Tuition Assistance Program TAP helps qualifying New York residents pay college tuition at approved colleges in New York State. Apply Now
- The CSS/ Financial Aid PROFILE is an online application required by almost 300 colleges and scholarship programs for financial aid.
- Student Guide
- Fee Waiver
- Apply Now
- Free Financial Aid Events
- Enrichment Opportunities Sheet – A guide to summer employment and internships.
- Year Up New York is a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships. To learn more, click here.