Online Mentor Program Launched to Help At Risk HS Students

CHARLESTON, W.Va (WSAZ) -- The Education Alliance officially launched its WV eMentoring program Thursday at Capital High School.

The program is designed to partner mentors with at-risk students who could potentially drop out or fail out of school.

30 students at the school joined the program. They are all freshmen.

During the event Thursday, students filled out surveys focused on what they want to do once they get out of school. Organizers will use these surveys to match them up with someone in the field of their choice to serve as a mentor to the students.

The mentors will be from West Virginia and also outside the state and country.

This mentoring program is online. According to a news release, it combines the traditional mentoring concept with online activities that keep students engaged and help volunteers get involved without taking time away from work.

During the process, students will learn about the courses they need to take in high school in order to pursue their career goals and create a personalized post secondary education and career profile, according to the release.

If students find the careers they chose are not for them, they can always switch to another occupation, organizers say.

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