New Tool Helps Mentors and Parents Prepare Students for Success
By: Jackney Prioly Joseph, Director of Future Ready Massachusetts
Very often students enter a new school year concerned about keeping up with the academic rigors of high school or whether or not they are prepared for the challenges of college or the workplace. Yet, the beginning of a new school year provides students and families the opportunity to think about their aspirations and goals, discover their interests, thrive academically, and prepare for success after high school.
For the parents, educators, and other influential adults helping students on their path to success, one important resource is the Future Ready Mentor Toolkit. The Mentor Toolkit is a new digital collection of highly targeted materials and information to help you prepare students for a successful future. The Toolkit, available online at FutureReadyMA.org/Toolkit, includes information such as Massachusetts' curriculum requirements, middle and high school checklists, financial literacy activities, and information regarding career exploration, college planning, and financial aid. Modeled after Future Ready's messaging, Start Now, Aim High and Look Beyond, the Toolkit provides college and career planning resources for students from middle school-age to college freshmen.
The Toolkit was created by Future Ready Massachusetts, an initiative that provides students, families, and educators of the Commonwealth with the essential resources and information they need to understand what it means to be college and career ready and teaches students how to prepare to meet those expectations. Future Ready works to ensure that every child in Massachusetts is ready for college, career, and citizenship upon high school graduation.
As we head into the beginning of a new school year, Future Ready is thrilled to debut the Future Ready Mentor Toolkit Webinar. The Webinar provides an overview of the Mentor Toolkit assets, examples of how to integrate the Toolkit, and college and career readiness programming and sample activities that can be used to engage students in thinking about and planning for their future beyond high school. The Toolkit is flexible enough to use in its entirety or in part, selecting only the resources needed for a particular topic or activity. Download the Toolkit and follow along as the webinar goes into the uses for specific resources and examples of ways to use the Toolkit to engage students.
The Mentor Toolkit Webinar is easily accessible via the Future Ready website at FutureReadyMA.org/Toolkit/Webinar. Learn more about the Mentor Toolkit by visiting FutureReadyMA.org/Toolkit.
Jackney Prioly Joseph is the Director of Future Ready Massachusetts, a project led by the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority, and Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities, Inc.