Cultivating Mentorship Opportunities in Hayward Promise Neighborhoods

cultivating mentorship opportunities in hayward promise neighborhoods

By Edgar Chavez, Govt Director, Hayward Promise Neighborhoods

Mentorship is a chance to assist others really feel seen and discover all prospects for his or her future. Reflecting on my work with younger individuals for over a decade, I didn’t at all times see the facility of these ideas. As leaders, we are likely to lead with outcomes relatively than relationships. To see ourselves and others in our wholeness means additionally understanding previous and current forces that form our on a regular basis experiences in order that we could also be open to new prospects, particularly throughout these anxious instances.  

Hayward Promise Neighborhoods (HPN) has leveraged its distinctive instructional property to nurture community-sustaining mentorship alternatives with college students and households. For practically a decade and two U.S. Division of Training grants, our 11-partner collaborative led by Cal State East Bay (CSUEB) has labored to carry our establishments nearer to our households and communities. The pandemic has highlighted persistent inequities throughout our faculties and neighborhoods, primarily working-class communities of shade, which skilled COVID-19 transmission charges that ranked among the many prime within the Bay Space. Regardless of the transfer to distance studying, our companions continued to supply digital areas for mentorship and social-emotional studying whereas constructing the capability of our faculties and companions by month-to-month convenings. In 2021, our HPN companions documented over 9,373 factors of contact with college students by dozens of faculty and community-based actions from beginning to varsity.  

HPN companions like Chabot Faculty and CSUEB place school college students—many of the Hayward graduates—as interns in HPN faculties to create mentorship experiences by pupil identity-based programs and actions. Faculty mentors function aids in African American Literature and English learner programs for Latinx and Afghan college students, and lead enrichment golf equipment to assist college students develop a college-going identification, equivalent to Chavez Chicxs (feminine and non-binary Latinx college students), Pacific Islanders Unite, and STEAM Group. College students who’re the primary of their households to go to varsity have a secure house to discover their cultural identification and the probabilities of pursuing postsecondary schooling. On the identical time, school mentors are navigating their first-generation identification and sense of belonging on school campuses by giving again to their faculty communities. Robin Galas, the Director of TRIO, a federally funded program to assist college students from deprived backgrounds, and HPN packages at Chabot Faculty, says that in these areas, mentors and college students are instructed, “You get to redefine who’s a school pupil. Your very presence defines what it means to be a school pupil.” HPN continues the mentorship pipeline for Hayward graduates at CSUEB with a Pupil Success Coach from the group, the place we’ve got seen a 32% enhance in enrollment, together with Chabot transfers, and extra college students incomes above a 2.5 GPA from 61% to 81% since 2018.  

By adopting a dual-capacity strategy to mentorship, we create mutually reinforcing mentorship experiences built-in into studying contexts and sustained by group connections. As college students navigate the academic pipeline, they tackle mentorship roles to their youthful friends and, collectively, discover new prospects for his or her futures as college-goers and educators. With COVID-19 persevering with to disrupt pupil studying and wellbeing, we’ve got a chance to focus on the wants of each educators and college students by offering them with the instruments and frameworks that meet them the place they’re proper now.  

I grew up in unincorporated Hayward as an English Learner. Native lecturers, mentors, and school packages impressed me to be the primary in my era to earn a bachelor’s and graduate diploma. Many of us return or keep in our communities when we don’t see extra of us in postsecondary {and professional} areas. As a director throughout these instances, I see my function in sustaining studying and management environments the place our identities are a supply of power and the place we will think about new prospects for one another and future generations. 

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