Mentoring Two High-Schoolers
Figueroa thoroughly enjoyed
participating in the PALS program
and mentoring her "two Jasmines"
LHS students Jasmine C. and
at a young age to raise a family,
earning a college degree.
it enabled me to provide these girls with different strategies and techniques they will
be able to utilize in the future to become academically successful."
gratifying experience. I'm certain I have made a connection and a difference
in their lives."
around Lowell for lunch or coffee (Figueroa's treat). They would talk and work on
homework. "I helped them with transitions in their writing," said Figueroa.
license and graduate from high school," she explained.
every morning. "I love that daily quote I look for it now," said 17-year-old Jasmine
V. "At first, I didn't know whether I would like having a mentor," she continued.
"But once I met Rosie wow!"
job, and that 18-year-old Jasmine C. plans to enroll in MCC's Nursing Program after
graduating from high school.
Jasmine C., laughing. "If I need anything, she's a phone call away," the teen added,
seriously. "I know I have Rosie rootin' for me."
to keep up the relationship. "I will continue to mentor my two Jasmines. It will
be a great honor to remain in their lives until they no longer need my
assistance or support.
hand through PALS."
for the pilot: The MCC students had to mentor
an LHS student, volunteer in the outside
community, and as a group plan a PALS field
trip to the Bedford campus.
gave a PowerPoint presentation about
perseverance and overcoming obstacles, and
outlined the differences between high school
and college. After lunch, an MCC Admission
rep delivered an admission/enrollment/
financial aid presentation, and gave the 26
teens tours of campus.
main presentation during the field trip. After
sharing a list of personal challenges the
college students revealed they had faced
including bullying, alcoholism, addiction and
teen pregnancy Yance encouraged the LHS
students to stay focused and be patient.
to dictate your life," she said. "You can
Student" segment, Desrosiers assured the
teenagers that school gets better. "College
is not like high school you're not in school
all day, every day," he said. "But you have
to finish high school in order to have the
flexibility of college."
project was so successful and plan to continue
it. Even though the ultimate goal was to
help the LHS students get back on track and
graduate, clearly all parties had profited.
benefits and everyone grows."
"two Jasmines" LHS students Jasmine V. (left) and
Jasmine C. (right).