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Exploration pathway: the second summer after high school and beyond

Here is your mentor task checklist for the second summer after high school and beyond. Click here for a downloadable version of the checklist.  

✔ Celebrate your mentee. 

(      ) Without grades or semesters, it’s harder to find those moments of success, but celebrating success is critical to positive thinking and motivation. Whether it’s their birthday or a day when their manager gave them good feedback, find the time.  

✔ Keep finding out what interests your mentee, and support them in exploring their interests. 

(      ) You may be the only person in your mentee’s life who encourages them to think big, and it’s never too late to go back to school or chart a new path. You can use this guide to talking about going back to school, or these tips for jumpstarting your mentee’s networking.  

✔ Make a commitment for the long haul. 

(      ) At this point, your relationship may feel more like a friendship, and that’s OK. If you have a longstanding relationship, your mentee will ask you for help when they really need it - even if it’s ten years from now. Still, make sure to check in regularly about the big topics: mental/emotional health, academic and career goals, and finances.  

✔ Keep in touch with iMentor and keep using iMentor resources. 

(      ) As your mentee becomes more independent and forges their own path, you will want to keep coming back to iMentor’s post-secondary learning center to search for resources exactly when you need them. 

(      ) If your mentee goes to college or a training program at any point, make sure to let iMentor know, and read and use the appropriate communication guide - you’ll probably have a lot more questions than you had before.  

Discussion Starter questions: 

  • What are you planning to do for the summer? Will friends from high school be home for the summer? 

  • Do you want to meet up to think about some goals for the next couple of months? Are there any goals that you’re thinking about? 

  • Are you thinking about taking a class this summer, or starting in the fall? 

  • How’s your job? Do you (still) like/dislike your boss? What about your coworkers? 

  • Are you interested in coming to visit my job, or meeting other people who work in [a field your mentee is interested in]? 

  • Do you want help updating your resume? 

Key takeaways: 

This summer will mark the first anniversary of when your mentee finished school. They may still free, or they may be starting to feel stuck. Either way, continue to build your relationship, celebrate their successes, and encourage them.  

In the second year of your mentee’s life out of high school, their path will become increasingly unique to them, which is checking in with your mentee becomes even more important. Are they thinking about moving out and living on their own? Are they looking for a job or a training program? Feeling depressed or stuck? Going through a breakup? Interested in volunteering or getting involved in the community?