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FIRM MENTEE

FUTURE INSTITUTE ROAD-TO-SUCCESS MENTORSHIP

The Future Institute Road to Success Mentorship (FIRM) pairs successful professionals and community leaders with Concept high school graduates who are eager to learn and grow as they navigate college life and select a career path. FIRM mentees gain valuable real-world experience and insight they can’t get in a classroom and might not get at home.

As a part of the Future Leaders Initiative (FLI), FIRM is an annual mentoring program designed to be flexible and easy to manage that only requires the following throughout the school year:

8 One-on-one meetings with paired mentor depending on your schedules (it is recommended that these are monthly meetings, which can be completed exclusively through the online MyFuture portal – contact us for details)

    • If you’re a self-driven, goal-oriented Concept Schools graduate currently enrolled in college or a career program, you could be a great FIRM mentee! As a FIRM mentee, you will have the additional support of a professional working in their field while pursuing your college degree. All you have to do is apply and be accepted into the Future Leaders Initiative and then choose FIRM as one of your options for participating in the program! Plus, you can even earn scholarship money while in the program.

 

Mentors coach mentees through their college transition, career planning, and life challenges through one-on-one meetings, assigned reading, and community service projects.

Other program areas may include job shadowing, internship opportunities, and networking events. 

 

How do you benefit from FIRM?

– Receive expert resume advice from a professional

– Gain workplace experience

– Access to personal life coaching

– Opportunity to build your network and connect with professionals

– Letters of recommendation

– Certificate of completion

– $1,500 scholarship each year of FLI participation (Funds available for spending on tuition, books, class materials, lab equipment, and housing)

FIRM mentors are volunteers who play a pivotal role in a college student’s life by committing to one to four years of professional and personal mentorship over the mentee’s college career. Mentors will be paired based on the mentee’s college major or career pursuits, which could be professions such as:

– Medical doctors

– Real estate developers

– Elementary school teachers

– Engineers

Even if you haven’t declared a major, your mentor can assist with career advice and other college life recommendations.

 

    • Committed FIRM mentees receive an annual scholarship, which is applied to college-related expenses. (For mentees still in high school, their scholarship dollars accrue and are applied to their future college-related expenses.) Scholarship amounts depend on the mentee’s program level of involvement (Gold, Silver, Bronze).

    • Scholarships are sent directly to your college or university’s financial aid offices in two installments (December and May).

    • Scholarship funds can be used for tuition, books, class materials, lab equipment, and housing.

 

View the user guide by clicking the image below. Please contact us if you are interested in this program.

 

  1. Once you have registered and created a profile in the FIRM portal online, you will be contacted by one of our staff members.

  2. The staff will pair you with a mentor whose career field or interests aligns with your goals.

  3. A meeting will be arranged to meet with your mentor for the first time.

  4. You will be in continuous communication with your mentor about assignments, job shadowing, and your project.

  5. It is very important that you update and complete assignments on the FIRM portal because this is how the staff tracks your progress on the requirements for the scholarship.

 

Can I drop out right away?

FIRM requires commitment to the program and its areas, which means that if you do not think you can commit to the flexible and easy to manage requirements, you may leave the program.

Can I be disqualified from the program?

If you do not satisfy the terms and conditions, then yes. The terms of FIRM involve being committed to completing the program requirements in order to receive the scholarship each year. This means that you and your mentor must be diligent and timely in updating and recording your mentor’s activities and their completion on the online portal. If you do not complete these requirements, then the FIRM staff will end your participation in the program and you will not receive the scholarship.

What is the scholarship payment schedule?

      • Scholarships are administered in two installments in December and May of each year you participate.

 

Using the FIRM portal

  1. Go to the FIRM portal login page.
  2. Use your email and password to sign into the portal
  3. Make sure your profile is completely filled out and updated
  4. You can also view your mentor’s profile in the portal
  5. Your mentor will use the portal to assign you assignments, projects and schedule job shadowings with you and the system with send you email notifications when he or she does. Your job is to complete those assignments and record your experiences in the portal in order for FIRM staff to see your progress and award your scholarship

 

What if I’m out of state? Do we have to meet in person?

      • While we value in-person facetime between mentors and mentees, we do realize that distance and busy schedules can hinder the mentorship process. In order to minimize these conflicts and enhance the program’s flexibility, we will consider meeting through video conferences on a case-by-case basis. Long-distance or online mentoring still involves the same commitment and communication as in-person mentorship.

 

How do I meet my mentor?

Once you have been paired with a mentor, the FIRM staff will establish contact between you and your mentor via email or phone in order for you to schedule a meeting with your mentor.