True2U Program: For Mentors

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Questions? Contact Molly at 216-812-8700 or by email.

True2U to the Rescue!

Imagine you’re an eighth-grader in Cleveland facing the decision of where to attend to high school. You know your selection is extremely important because it will impact your educational opportunities after graduation and even your future career opportunities. Having to make so many critical decisions at this age can be daunting, especially if you feel alone, confused, and unsure of what is right for you!

What is True2U?

True2U Logo with TaglineThe True2U program is an innovative mentoring and career awareness program that prepares eighth grade students for the transition from middle school to high school. It begins at the start of the 2015-2016 school year and will serve 850 youth in Cleveland during its first year. The program’s goal is to serve 2,500 students in 68 schools by the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.

Developmentally, eighth grade students are exploring issues of personal identity and discovering their unique interests, attributes and skills. Educationally, they are preparing to select from a portfolio of specialized high schools that will set them on the path to post-secondary education and a career of their choice.

Research shows that students are at highest risk of dropping out of school between the eighth and tenth grades. True2U is positioned to mobilize an extensive caring network of school and community resources to help youth acknowledge their strengths, develop personal and career goals, preserve innate optimism, and stay on the path to graduation and a fulfilling future.

Who Leads True2U?

True2U is the shared vision of community leaders from The Cleveland Foundation, MyCom, Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), Greater Cleveland Partnership, Neighborhood Leadership Institute, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and the Greater Cleveland Faith-Based Collaborative, Inc. Together, they will recruit mentors from the business community, churches, and civic organizations.

How Will True2U Work?

Mentoring will be delivered using a unique advisory model in which groups of 10 students are led by a team of two mentors and supported by a Cleveland Metropolitan School District teacher.  The advisory groups meet at the schools for three hours each month and follow a structured curriculum that helps students think about career options and how they can use high school as a pathway to their future.  Students are supported in creating their own personal success guide mapping what they want to do with their lives.

What is the Curriculum?

True2U uses a blended personal development curriculum coupled with a career exploration curriculum combining elements from two key sources: 1) Naviance, a comprehensive, career and college readiness software package and 2) Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps to Success, a goal-setting and personal responsibility curriculum developed by entrepreneur and author Stedman Graham. The curriculum will also integrate materials from the Humanware Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) framework, currently a part of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District curriculum; “Cleveland Goes to College” – an initiative that helps students understand and navigate the college admission process; the OhioMeansJobs online career exploration materials and the Ohio Department’s Social and Emotional Learning Framework.

Important Downloads

Below are links to important downloadable content regarding the True2U program. Just click and save the pdf that opens in a new window. Thanks!

Become a Mentor Today!

Positive Youth Development Positive Experiences

Value of Mentoring

School List

Download the True2U Mentor Brochure.

How Do I Become a Mentor?

Mentors can apply online or submit a completed written application using either the written application or online submission link below:

Click here for a copy of the background screening qualifications.

Click Here To Download the True2U Mentor Application

What Happens After Application Submission?

Once an application is received, applicants will be scheduled for an interview by the Neighborhood Leadership Institute or Greater Cleveland Partnership personnel.

Once the interview is completed, selected candidates will be referred to Neighborhood Leadership Institute for a background check.

If a candidate meets meets our program qualifications for mentors, they are scheduled to attend a training session. During the year-long program, mentors receive 10 to 12 hours of training to provide them the tools they need to be successful as a mentor.

1st Training Session

Mentors are required to attend an initial 2-hour Orientation training session and are able to select from the following options:

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016
  • Thursday, August 25, 2016

During the Orientation, mentors will be notified of their team partner, receive their school assignment, and be required to register for their 2nd Training Session.

2nd Training Session

Date Options:

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016or
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016

3rd Training Session

  • Thursday, November 3, 2016or
  • Friday, November 4, 2016

4th Training Session

  • TBD

In addition, from August to May, mentors are asked to participate in three-hour (9am-12pm) advisory groups at their assigned schools to be published prior to the start of the school year.

Any Questions/Comments?

If you have any questions or comments, please call Molly at (216) 812-8700.

Remember These Dates!

Mark Your Calendar!

Join us for the True2U Kickoff Event on Thursday, September 15, and Friday, September 16, 2016!

Save the Date!

True2U Year-End Celebration will be held on Thursday, May 11, and Friday, May 12, 2017