Four Keys to a Quality Program

Impactful mentoring by our adopter teams isn’t an accident – it’s the result of robust resources and a structure refined over years of experience to produce positive outcomes. Adopt A Class is built on 4 Keys to a Quality Program:

Monthly Visits

Educational Activities

Field Trips

Pen Palling

This framework was created to provide consistency across the program, though, we want you to bring what makes you and organization unique to classroom. Think about ways you can expose your class to the skills they can build to become better prepared for life and the many careers your company offers. Below, you can find resources to help make your program successful!

Monthly Visits

Regular visits to the classroom are essential to the success of our program model. Research shows that impact of mentoring is deepened when the relationships are ongoing. Enduring engagement is especially valuable for young people who may have experienced turbulent relationships, and authentic trust is built when consistency and reliability is present.

 

Adopters visiting regularly lays the foundation for positive connection between the mentors and students. Showing up every month for at least an hour is a powerful demonstration to each student that the mentors care enough to step away from their important jobs to spend time with them.

 

AAC Tip: Routine and consistency is key but determining when your team visits the classroom depends upon what works best for you and your class. Work with your teacher to find a cadence you both can agree on.

Log your visit hours!

Educational Activities

Educational activities are the vehicle to fun, learning and meaningful discussion with your students. Below is an array of activities we’ve developed for you to take straight to your classroom!

 

You can find activities below by searching keywords or selecting categories you’re interested in!

(note: you can select multiple categories below)

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Field Trips

There is tremendous value in physically taking young people into a new environment that could be a window into their future. New experiences can be unfeasible for kids whose families struggle with transportation—they might not often, or ever, be able to engage in new experiences.

 

Students can begin to picture themselves achieving and contributing to a team when they’re able to see people they know modeling those behaviors. This is especially helpful for young people who may otherwise not see many examples of what that looks like.

Planning a field trip is easy, if you know how to do it. In just 4 minutes, we’ve outlined 3 key steps for planning the perfect field trip!

Apply NOW for a Dater Foundation Field Trip Mini-Grant!

Students gain valuable experiences by participating in educational field trips. Though, we understand every adopter may not be able to afford this kind of experience. Thanks to the ongoing support of the Dater Foundation, Adopt A Class is pleased to provide a mini-grant program to help adopters cover a portion of their field trip costs. Mini-grants up to $250 are available to teams on a first come/first served basis and preference will be given to community groups.

Apply for a field trip grant!

Need Field Trip Ideas? We’ve Got You Covered!

 

While a field trip to your office is the most ideal and can be the most impactful, sometimes it’s just not possible. For when that is the case, your team can decide to either go to another place OR bring an experiential activity to the classroom. We’ve put together a database of organizations across the region that offer a variety of field trips options. Check it out and work with your teacher to determine the best kind of educational experience you can give your class.

View field trip database

Pen Palling

Who among us doesn’t remember how affirming it felt to get mail as a kid? Receiving a personal note is a powerful acknowledgement—it makes a young person feel special. Plus, it begs a reply.

Besides offering an opportunity to enhance their writing skills, exchanging pen pal notes with their mentors allows students the chance to confirm the relationship, sweeten the bond and it helps maintain the connection at the base of any successful mentorship.

Pen Pal Guidelines