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Schools and business reps brainstorm potential models for working together

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MENTOR meeting Feb 2019

Several employer partners teamed up with school staff from Highland, Manzano, West Mesa, and Rio Grande high schools to discuss how working together could help students gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes for success in school and world.

All four high schools are a part of the ABC Community School Partnership from APS Zones 1 and 2, and were chosen specifically to be a part of a developing partnership tied to Mission: Graduate’s College and Career Readiness Strategy.

The session was facilitated by Dan Horgan of MENTOR. MENTOR is a lead champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States and helping communities develop better on-ramps for employers with schools.

Participants discussed their vision for our area students, identified strengths and challenges as they worked their way toward co-creating a model in which they could work together. Additionally, they provided feedback on Mission: Graduate’s proposed community model to increase quality college and career experiences for all young people. 

Next, Mission: Graduate will collaborate with the ABC Community School Partnership and individual school staff to build on the learning from this convening and implement the model for the 2019-20 school year.

Thanks to MENTOR for facilitating the session, and APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy, Associate Superintendents Antonio Gonzales and Gabriela Blakey for encouraging and supporting the partnerships.