PROGRAM

Going the Distance for MCA Students

Program Overview

MCA students graduate with strong academic skills and self-confidence. However, the transition to high school and college can often present challenges. MCA graduates often attend high schools that are private, much larger than MCA and located in communities distant from their homes. MCA’s Mentoring Program supports current students as well as high school alumnae as they transition away from MCA, adapt to private high school culture and rigor, and undertake the college application process. The commitment by both the mentor and student is from 7th grade through 12th grade.

The Goal

The Mentoring Program’s overarching goal is to help close the opportunity gap for current students and alumnae in high school by providing an additional female adult role model who is positive, caring, and willing to share professional/life experiences, encourage success and explore educational and career options. The mentoring relationship is intended to promote self-efficacy skills in the student including relationship building, problem solving abilities, and self-advocacy. This in turn will foster feelings of competency, independence, and higher self-esteem in the students as they mature into young adults and productive members of society.

Mentor Application

If you are interested in signing up as a mentor, you can download the application by clicking here. The application also includes more detailed information about the mentor’s role, responsibilities and expectations. After completing the application, you can send it to the attention of Julie Gehring, Director of the Mentoring Program, Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center, 515 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02121 or email a scanned copy to jgehring@mcaec.org. If you have any questions, please to not hesitate to contact Julie. We are delighted that you are considering this wonderful opportunity to have a positive impact on the life of an MCA student.