Harding Middle School Latino Mentor
GEAR UP Iowa has designed an 8-week curriculum that is culturally responsive to the needs of Latino youth which promotes a college-going culture among students. Our goal is to increase the number of Latino students who are pursuing and completing postsecondary education beyond high school.

The specific goals of the program are:
· Promote academic success and college going culture among Latino students.
· Foster the development of positive self-identity among Latino students.
· Foster meaningful relationships with Latino college students who can serve as positive role models and help them to develop bicultural skills to succeed beyond high school.

Latino College Students as Mentors
Research evidence suggests that high school students can greatly benefit through near-peer mentoring programs aimed to promote postsecondary education. We are seeking Latino college students who would be interested in serving as mentors and facilitators to deliver an 8-week curriculum. We are hoping to have 3-4 female students and 3-4 male students who can commit to being a mentor twice a month at Harding Middle School in Des Moines.

We will provide you with all the materials, curriculum and the necessary training to deliver a 8-weeks curriculum to 8th grade students at Harding Middle School who self-identify as a Latinos. You will receive a formal notification from GEAR UP documenting the time & effort you are putting in this activity as a volunteer. The curriculum is a guide with activities, conversation and projects aimed to foster a “college going culture”. Yet, you can adapt or modify the activities/conversation based on the students’ needs and interests. The main goal is to provide students with positive role models who can help them develop a positive self-identity, help them explore college and careers, as well as to understand the commitment and hard work involved in pursuing postsecondary education.

The mentoring sessions would be twice a month for four months (total of 8 sessions) on Tuesdays or Fridays from 12:59-1:32pm in the Spring at Harding Middle School.

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