Health Sciences Academy Mentorship
January 2017 - May 2018
September 4 - November 17, 2017
Mentorship Opportunities at Cosby
HSA mentors serving at Cosby High School Health Sciences Specialty Center have a significant impact on high school students, helping them to explore career options in the health professions. VCU students who wish to serve as mentors in the spring semester apply during the fall semester. All VCU undergraduates are encouraged to apply to become mentors. Students enrolled in Psychology, Interdisciplinary Sciences, or the Kinesiology and Health Sciences major or minor programs can use the upper-level service-learning course to fill curriculum requirements.
Applications for Spring 2018 mentor positions are due November 17, 2017.
2018 HSA Mentorship Service-Learning Courses
HSA mentors at Cosby enroll in a three-credit VCU Service-Learning course taught during the spring semester only. The three-credit course, Effective Mentoring Practice, is offered as a PYC 492 or HPEX 491.
PSYC 492/HPEX 491 – Effective Mentoring Practice
- 3 lecture hours, 3 credits
- Service-Learning placements at Cosby High School, Health Sciences Specialty Center
- Spring 2018 meeting times: Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:29 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mentoring strategies are applied toward working with youth at the Cosby High School Health Sciences Specialty Center to assist them in preparing for careers and college entrance. The curriculum will include the application of theoretical knowledge and reflective exercises to build mentoring skills and foster positive youth development. Workshops will be created in teams to introduce high school students to effective techniques for time management, college and career selection and delivering effective presentations.
Mentor Transportation to Schools
Drop-off and pick-up shuttle transportation service is provided for all mentors serving in local schools.