TDI Mentor Program for high school aged (13-18) students is a local community based group mentoring program utilizing the book “ It Was All a Dream”, accompanying workbook and the Dreams Seminar as the foundational tools. The focus is three part – impartation, execution, and exposure. This is a one year mentor program to help young boys learn how to achieve their dreams.
The Need For Mentorship:
Mentoring creates meaningful connections that can positively impact the lives of both mentor and mentee. Those who receive mentorship are more likely to see improved academic, social, and economic prospects. Those who mentor are able to build important leadership and management skills, while giving back to their community. There are 46 million young people, aged 8 – 18, living in America. 16 million of them are growing up without a mentor. That’s one out of every three young people who, outside of their family at home, don’t have a trusted adult who they believe they can turn to for advice and guidance. Of those young people, 9 million face a variety of day-to-day challenges that put them at-risk for falling off track. That means that mentorship matters.
Source: MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
What TDI is responsible for:
TDI will be present to present the initial DREAMS Seminar to kick off the program and recruit mentees to sign up for the program. TDI will provide all administrative forms needed such as applications for mentees and mentors, parents waivers, and contact lists. TDI will provide access to its founders and members to serve as consultants to jump start the program, assist in teaching 1-2 sessions (where applicable), provide program support and recommendations for exposure trips, and train all program volunteers. TDI will use it’s own curriculum (It Was All a Dream) and will train local volunteer mentors on how to use the curriculum and organize program. The TDI program is a group mentoring (not individual) and volunteers are responsible for meeting with the mentees only during the times allocated. We do NOT provide individual one on one mentoring as part of this program.
What organization is responsible for:
Providing a venue for the initial kick off activity (Dreams Seminar) and instruction sessions, promoting the program to potential interested students and parents, and helping to secure budget for the program. Other costs for the program (may be raised by outside sources) which will vary and can include transportation and expenses for field trips, food for the mentees, books and workbooks for each participant, shirts for participants (mentors and mentees), supplies, and other resources deemed necessary. Organization is also responsible for recruiting mentors to serve as coaches and chaperones (One coach should be assigned to serve as instructor each week and one assigned as facilitator (welcome, MC for the day, ensure day flows according to the agenda).
Program will consist of 12-15 sessions that focus on instruction (impartation) and practical application with field (exposure) trips. All sessions will start at 10am and conclude by noon except exposure trips. Times for trips will be provided at least 2 weeks in advance.
TDI Expectations for Mentees
For an exposure trip, on January 20th, all of the high school mentees were taken on a charter bus to Atlanta, GA. The high school group was joined by some of recent graduates of the TDI college program as they attended Jetlinx Private Jet Company to learn about the company and principles for executing goals from the President and staff. Afterwards, they were taken to the CNN Omni Hotel for a group mentoring session with TDI. Finally, the trip wrapped up with a site tour of CNN studios before returning to Talladega. TDI would like to thank the following sponsors of this trip: Camelot Limousine and Bus Charters, Lonnell Williams of Bank of America and author Timothy Fields.
The first ever TDI Mentor Program for high school boys held its kick off at Talladega Spring Street Community Center. TDI Mentor Program for Talladega high school aged (14-18) students is a local community based group mentoring program utilizing the book “ It Was All a Dream”, accompanying workbook and the Dreams Seminar as the foundational tools. The focus is three part – impartation, execution, and exposure. This is a one year mentor program to help young boys learn how to achieve their dreams. For their first exposure trip, on October 23rd, the mentees were taking to First Bank to learn about financial discipline, banking, and credit.
September 2017 – TDI presents DREAMS Seminar at Talladega High School
In Talladega, AL. On September 1st, TDI was invited to present their DREAMS Seminar to the entire student body. At this seminar, TDI announced that they would be starting their first TDI local high school mentor program in Talladega and made applications available on site. Afterwards, the TDI members also participated in the local elementary school career day event as well.
In preparation for their newly developed high school mentoring program for boys in Talladega, AL. TDI released the companion workbook to their book “It Was All A Dream”. The workbook will be used as curriculum for their local programs and can be used by other organizations as well for their mentor programs. The workbook is available on Barnes and Nobles.