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Non-enrolled pathway: summer after high school

Exploration/Not enrolled Pathway: the summer after high school

Here is your list of mentoring tasks for the summer after high school if your mentee is not enrolled in college or another post-secondary training program. Click here to download a printable checklist  

Goals for the summer after high school: 

✔ Continue to build your relationship with your mentee and iMentor: 

    (     ) Watch this video about what to expect now that your mentee has graduated.      

    (     ) Read this article about how to best communicate with your mentee.  

✔ Use the PSP goal-setting project with your mentee to find out what their goals are for the fall and set a plan to reach them. 

    (      )  A lot will change in your relationship after high school, so make sure to prioritize a communication goal. 

✔ Help your mentee find a job, explore career interests and/or reach a job goal. 

(     ) Your mentee is more likely to take you up on specific offers of help, so offer to help them with their resume or LinkedIn profile, with researching job openings, writing cover letters, or practicing for interviews.    

✔ Continue to encourage your mentee and help them to see that college or postsecondary education is still possible.  

(      ) Read these tips on talking with your mentee about going back to school.  

(     ) Particularly if your mentee intended to go to college, and missed a deadline or just didn’t make it, it is important to help them to rebuild their self-confidence, remember their career interests, and see that college is still possible. 

Starter Questions 

  • What are you doing this summer? What are your plans for the fall? 

  • What feels best about being done with high school? What feels scary or challenging? 

  • How should we communicate now that you’ve graduated?  Do you want to meet up for _[an activity your mentee enjoys]__ ? 

  • Do you have a job, or do you want help finding one? 

  • Are you interested in taking a class in the fall?  

Key takeaways 

The summer after high school may feel like any other summer - for you and for your mentee. However, it’s an important time to begin transitioning to your new (and more independent) relationship. 

Some students may have intended to go to college, but didn’t make it, in which case they may feel discouraged or like they failed. You may feel disappointed too - like you failed in your mission. Others may be working to help family members, or may just be enjoying their time out of school. 

Regardless of their situation, it’s important to listen to your mentee, continue to build the relationship, and support them, while encouraging them to explore their postsecondary options. Postsecondary education pays dividends over a lifetime, but it is often harder for students to go back to school on a nontraditional timeline. When your mentee is ready to explore their options - whether it’s a few weeks into the school year, or years down the road, having a strong relationship with a mentor can make all the difference.