For several years now, Columbia International School has supported a student-led Mentor Programme. The following is an overview of the programme by our Student Coordinator Runoa Hayama.
The Mentor Programme consists of students who teach other students who want additional help. We teach both junior high school and elementary students after school. The benefit of joining the Mentor Programme is students ask older mentors for help. They are also able to get some tips for success. All the mentors are nice and they teach their mentee and try to make things easily understandable. Through this activity, mentees can get help from older students while we, mentors, can develop our skill in communication with others.
For the Elementary Mentor Programme, parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s teacher or Ms. Ozawa in the office for help.
Here are what some students say about this programme:
“This program is one of the greatest opportunities to get both volunteer hours and incredible experiences with new friends.”
—MinKyo, Grade 11—
“I think the mentor program is a great opportunity to get volunteer hours and communicate with other grades.”
—Chihiro, Grade 11—
“This is a great chance to improve our skill of using English in daily life, as well as help build a school community and responsibility towards students in the lower grades.”
— Runoa, grade 11—-