Pathway Partners' mission is to expose high school students to nurturing relationships with caring adults and to the diversity of opportunities and experiences in our community. These experiences, having guided academic and personal development, will enhance students’ life skills and enable them to make successful transitions to post high school education and employment. The program is free of charge to all participants.
Pathway Partners Business Donors
Re/ Maxx American Dreams, Total Electric, Central City Credit Union, Bents Chiropractic and Westland Insurance
These Businesses in the Marshfield Area have monetarily contributed to the 2011-12 Pathway Partners annual holiday campaign. Thanks so much for your support!
Leadership Marshfield for the Youth- Alternative High School (AHS)
This venture has established an environment for students giving them the chance to discover many different careers and other opportunities in Marshfield. Through this program, students visit different organizations in the community. The goal is that the students will find a new appreciation for their community and recognize career opportunities in the Marshfield area. This is the fourth year this program has been in operation. In addition to this program Pathway Partners has secured funding to send these students to the YMCA monthly for an exercise program.
Pathway Partners has been coordinating community outings for special needs and at-risk youth from the School District of Marshfield. Outings, such as these, make the job training and community resources instruction taught in classes more real for students who may learn best in ways different from their peers. Some of these opportunities have led to students applying to and interviewing and accepting jobs within the Marshfield Community. This is the fourth year this program has been in operation. In addition to this program Pathway Partners has secured funding to send these students to the YMCA monthly for an exercise program.
Career Exploration Columbus Catholic Schools (CCS)
Middle school student were given the Career Clusters Interest Inventory. Surveys were tabulated and results were analyzed. The student’s results will help us prepare a schedule of guest speakers monthly. The goal is to help student begin career exploration at an early age. Speakers will discuss their area of expertise with students and explain how to obtain a career in their field.
Health Career Forums
This new project was launched during the spring of 2011 at Marshfield High School. Pathway Partners saw a need for more education on health career guidance; because of a waiting list for health career mentors. The intent is to bring guest speakers into the Exploring Health Career classroom on a monthly basis, in collaboration with classroom curriculum. These speakers discuss and provide hands on activities for prospective student in the health career field. Students are able to ask questions and get a feel for many different health related careers. All students are invited and able to attend the presentations.
Your participation can:
Improve a student's attendance and academic performance and reduce detentions
Improve a student's self-confidence, attitude and communicational skills
Aid a student to develop a successful career/life plan
Help a student reach their full potential
Any MHS student is welcome in the program
Students can refer themselves or be referred by their teachers, parents, or guidance counselors by completing the Student Application and returning it to Leah Boon , Pathway Partners Director.
I have been involved in the Pathway Partners program since the beginning of the 2008 school year until present; I have been positively affected by my mentor. The Pathway Partners program matched me with my mentor, Leah Boon, because I work for her as the Pathway Partners Co-Op Student. Leah is helping me with college, career decisions, and is a big part in helping me find volunteer opportunities. Leah and I have gone on three job shadows, which have greatly impacted my decision about my future. Leah's commitment and dedication is something I admire, and find very comforting. Pathway Partners has provided me the best experience I could ask for and the program has been very beneficial.
John & Joey
More than a Mentor
My involvement in Pathway Partners has affected my life in many positive ways; from my everyday social interactions to my education and future. My mentor helped me learn to control and recognize when I am making the wrong choice and how I can only fix it myself. By discussing my studies and career explorations with my mentor, I was better able to choose a school that would benefit my area of interest. My mentor took time to listen to me and he took great interest in everything I had to say. John, my mentor, helped me to understand that I am the only one in charge of my self and that in life I only have two choices..."to do or not to do". There are not always rewards and incentives for the right choices but there are consequences for the bad choices. John made me see the whole picture of myself and Pathway Partners provided me the opportunity to expand my future goals.
Make plans for education/employment after high school
As a valuable job reference
Stay motivated to succeed
A Mentor Is
A trusted friend
A good listener
A responsive adult
A reliable adult
A Mentor Is Not
A foster parent
A parole officer
A cool peer
An Hour a Month Can Make a Difference:
Attention Adults - You Are Neededto help prepare and shape tomorrow's workforce, but you don't need to be an expert in any special field. With good moral and ethical standards, you can be a mentor.
Mentors complete an application, attend a training session and make a one hour a month school year commitment with the students to whom they are matched. Matches are based on career and common interests. Meetings take place at school during school hours; however, special arrangements can be made for off-campus field trips for career exploration.
You can play an important role in a student's life. The Search Institute revealed that in order for youth to successfully transition into the adult workforce, they need guidance from three non-parent adults.