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Front row are Councilwoman Lee Seeman, Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio and other attendees of the “My Brother’s Keeper” Presidential challenge local action summit, held in Town Hall.
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February 16, 2016
As a current student teacher, an aspiring educator of our next generation, and someone who is eager to help the community, I am proud to be part of the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) mentoring program, sponsored by the Town of North Hempstead. It has been quite a journey since the Town first accepted President Barack Obama’s challenge back in September 2014 to help out youth in our community and motivate them to reach their full potential. Here in North Hempstead our specific goals are to ensure that all youth graduate from high school; complete post-secondary education or training; and once out of school that they are employed. We have taken those expectations seriously and have worked with the Long Island Mentoring Partnership to design a curriculum that will help our mentees focus in on what their vision is for the future.
We are proud to have recently expanded our program to a second location, and now have 12 mentors for 12 students in both Manhasset and Westbury, New York. In Manhasset we began our program in December and have already delved into many important issues in the lives of our four mentees. We have discussed items as trivial as their favorite food or what they like to do on weekends, to where they see themselves in 5 or 10 years, and have provided them tools, such as career assessment checklists, to narrow down their priorities and interests for their future. We have been fortunate enough to bring in guest speakers from Town Departments to give students an inside look at what different careers encompass. We have already heard from our Information Technology Commissioner, sparking an interest for the students in the many opportunities available in computer science and programming. In North Hempstead, we are the 5th largest Town in the United States with more than a dozen departments and we look forward to future speeches from our many professionals in the fields of law, accounting, communications and more.
Soon our curriculum will shift to discussions about college, once the mentees have a more clear vision of what their goals are for their career. Those sessions will feature speeches from representatives from local colleges and universities, as well as engaging activities designed to educate students on the many benefits of attending college. The most beneficial part of this program might be that once mentees are provided with the tools to narrow down a possible career choice, they will get a hands-on opportunity to intern in a Town Department of their choice this summer.
The success of our MBK program would not be possible without the support of Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Program coordinators Cindy Cardinal and Rachel Brinn. I am thankful that they have provided the tools and support necessary to help myself and all our mentors, as well as our mentees, thrive and take advantage of this very important program. Every Thursday when we wrap up our session around 4:30 in the afternoon, I can’t help but think of the difference that each and every one of us might have made in our mentee’s life. We are providing a forum for them to discuss just about any topic that they want. Through 2 months I have been struck by the openness and honesty of our conversations and I feel we are creating a rapport with these students that gives them a level of comfort in communicating with us. And most importantly, I believe we are developing relationships that will last beyond the duration of this program and an internship at the Town this summer.
I believe I can speak for all our mentors when I say that the My Brother’s Keeper Program has been an incredibly rewarding experience, and I look forward to what the rest of the year has in store for us!
- Ryan Mulholland
Mentors with Manhasset H.S. students.