Mentor an Upper Dublin High School Student

Nov 16, 2018

 

Now is the time to volunteer to be part of a dynamic program serving some Upper Dublin High School students who have shown academic potential and a need for additional direction.  By sharing your life experiences and knowledge you will help a young person make the most of their high school experience.

Cardinal Opportunities is in its nineteenth year as a mentoring program. Over 100 students have been supported by volunteer mentors throughout their high school years. One of these graduates summed up his experience: “You taught me that no matter where you come from, all you need is the will to succeed in life and to pursue the gift of knowledge.” Another added, “From what you taught me I can also pass this to someone else who needs help in life.”

It’s not only the students who benefit from the program. The mentors also feel enriched by their interaction with the young people and each other. One wrote: “We have both grown through new shared experiences-sometimes educational… and sometimes just for fun.”

Sponsored by the Upper Dublin Education Foundation, Cardinal Opportunities is looking for adults (25 years of age or older) interested in helping Upper Dublin High School students by serving as mentors. If you have four hours a month to spend with a student and the willingness to provide counsel, friendship, and constructive guidance, you can help a young person achieve his or her potential. After background checks and training a mentor will be matched with a student and may provide many forms of support, such as the following:

  • Advice and support in decision-making while encouraging the student to make his/her own decisions and to be responsible for the possible consequences
  • Career advice and experience to assist the student in developing and refining skills needed in everyday living
  • Friendship, understanding, and caring. Being available when a listening ear is needed. Giving encouragement and praise, building confidence.

Orientation for new mentors begins in early January. To volunteer or find out more about Cardinal Opportunities contact Bob Danaher at 215-646-4365 or Sue Diehl at 215-913-9370.