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Pair Expedition Resources

Pair Expeditions are informal meetings between pairs during your length of match. While informal, our program has provided you some structure where necessary. Below are 8 different guides that may help you and your mentee have a meaningful meeting. 

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Pair Expedition Guides

A New Experience

Trying something your mentee knows about but that you have never done before is a wonderful way to give your mentee the role of “expert” to add a new dimension to your pair relationship. By stepping outside of your comfort zone with your mentee, you build shared experiences which strengthen your bond. This is also an opportunity to model the adaptability, openness, and risk-taking needed for your mentee’s future success.

When you and your mentee do something together that is new for both of you, it is an opportunity to build trust and memories that you can draw on as your relationship grows. This pair expedition is one that can be repeated many times, with a new activity each time!

Careers in Film

Watching a movie together about a particular career provides a way to talk about your mentee’s post-secondary path in a fun and easygoing context. This can also be a way to spark ideas for your mentee about a career or industry that he/she had not previously considered. The movie can ignite your mentee’s interest and motivate them to work towards his/her career goal.

College Visit

Many high school students visit colleges they are interested in applying to or have applied to during their Junior and Senior year of high school. This is a great way to motivate students to during their application process, and to have them reflect on their fit factors in a real setting.   

As a mentor, you may be familiar with your mentee’s career aspirations and college goals and have personal knowledge of what college is like. Therefore, you are a great person to take your mentee on a college visit.

Community Service

As your mentee prepare for life after high school, you can help him/her cultivate a sense of responsibility: to academics and professional goals, in your mentee’s personal life and to his/her community. Volunteering together can help build your mentee’s sense of civic responsibility while also providing an opportunity for you to learn more about each other and deepen your relationship.

Community service also provides you and your mentee with the opportunity to learn more about a problem that people in your city face, the solutions that are being implemented to address and eliminate the problem, and how you can support those solutions if you are compelled to do so. This expedition will be a great way for your mentee to think about both the needs and assets of his/her own community and how he/she can be a positive force for change now and as your mentee begins to pursue a post-secondary pathway.

Finally, your mentee may have community service hours to fulfill for graduation, or he/she can use the experience in a college essay or in his/her resume. Your mentee might even be able to cultivate his/her social network by meeting new people with whom he/she shares interests. This could help your mentee professionally down the line.

Job Visit

As your mentee considers his/her future career, seeing what a particular job actually looks like in action can help them to choose a career pathway or motivate them to develop long-term educational and career goals related to that job.

Your ability to network and investigate options for job visits will help your mentee access job places and experiences he/she may not without you. This is a useful step in building your mentee’s skills and experiences to achieve post-secondary success.

Mentor Job Shadow

When students are making decisions about their life after high school, waiting four years or more to begin their careers can seem like a very long time. The idea of a specific career after college--and what that might look like--can be difficult to visualize.

As a working college graduate, you have the resources and experience to show your mentee what this kind of working world can look like. Even if he/she is not interested in pursuing the same career that you are in, visiting your workplace and shadowing you can provide valuable insight for your mentee, as well as motivation to develop long-term educational and career goals.

Museum Outing

Museums provide powerful visual representations of culture. Visiting a history or cultural museum with your mentee can provide the opportunity to reflect on and discuss your respective personal identities.

We all make assumptions about others based on what we have learned about their particular history or culture. The mentor-mentee relationship provides an opportunity for you and your mentee to unpack those assumptions in a safe and supported way.  Visiting history or cultural museums together gives you an opportunity to learn many untold stories while also challenging the "stock" stories we have internalized about specific pieces of history or particular cultures.

As you engage with your mentee, it is crucial for you to explore how it is that you have come to see the world as you do as related to this content. We hope that this expedition will provide a space for a productive and meaningful conversation between you and your mentee about your identity, your experiences, and your worldview as related to the culture and/or history represented at the museum.

Virtual College Tour

For many students, college can seem like an abstract concept, and it can be hard to distinguish between different schools.  It is important for mentees to explore colleges they would like to apply to or have applied to, in order to make the school seem “real” and to determine if the school matches their fit factors.

It is not always possible for mentees to physically go to the campus because of distance or timing.  A virtual college tour is a great alternative. Using the school’s website, mentees can learn a lot about a school to help them make informed decisions.