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Coordinator's Digest

Introduction

Local program coordinators make a difference because they:

  • provide essential leadership to the program
  • draw together community leaders, school staff, and employers
  • assure the quality of the e-mentoring experience
  • provide vision that ignites enthusiasm
  • provide support that helps students stay in school, avoid drug use, and achieve academically
  • enhance their community's future workforce
  • make a difference in the lives of young people in their community


About Local Program Coordinators

The Local Program Coordinator oversees the entire Connecting to Success e-mentoring program at the local level, including the training process. This person serves as a liaison between the school, the employer, and the community partners. The Coordinator calls a meeting of the key players from the school, the business, and the community to:

  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of each key player
  • Decide on local goals and objectives within the scope of Connecting to Success goals and objectives
  • Plan the training

Following the training, the Local Program Coordinator maintains contact with teachers and employers to assure that the program is running smoothly. The Coordinator also handles public relations and raises funds for the program when appropriate.


Who are Local Program Coordinators?

Coordinators are people with a desire to benefit youth and their community by using leadership skills to draw together the people and resources needed for a successful e-mentoring project. A Coordinator could be a member of the Chamber of Commerce, a city leader, a member of the School Board, an active member of the business community, an educational leader, an active and concerned parent, a staff member at the school, or any community member able to do the following:

  • Create/foster a link between the school and the community
  • Convene school administrators and teachers with community leaders to initiate the project
  • Promote a positive vision of the contributions youth with disabilities can make in their community
  • Spearhead local training for mentors, employers, and teachers
  • Following the program's start-up, contribute one to three hours per week to maintain the quality of the program and provide leadership
  • Locate and acquire funding or other resources when necessary


Benefits for Local Program Coordinators

  • Participate in cutting-edge educational innovation
  • Become acquainted with other people who strive toward similar goals
  • Receive training in relationship enhancement and communication skills
  • Increase your understanding of the issues youth with disabilities face
  • Increase your knowledge of diverse groups of people
  • Gain the satisfaction of knowing you are benefiting students and your community

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