Health Sciences Academy Mentorship

Health Sciences Academy Mentorship

Program dates: Aug 22 - May 8, 2017
Application open until April 21, 2017

Apply to be an RPS Mentor


Mentorship Opportunities at RPS

HSA mentors serving in Richmond Public Schools (RPS) have an opportunity to impact John Marshall and Richmond Community high school students, helping them to explore career options in the health professions.  Students who wish to serve as mentors make a year-long commitment and apply in the spring semester for the following year.  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 2017/2018: Available April 2017
All mentors serving in Richmond Public Schools are required to successfully complete a criminal background check screening process.

2017/2018 HSA Mentorship Service-Learning  Courses

VCU students who are selected to serve as HSA mentors in the Richmond Public School system must make a commitment for an entire year.  HSA mentors at RPS enroll in a year-long sequence of Service-Learning classes offered by the Departments of Psychology and Kinesiology and Health Sciences.  A one credit, upper-level course Orientation to Youth Mentoring is offered in the fall, and a two credit course Effective Mentoring Practice is offered in the spring.

During the spring 2018 semester, HSA mentors choose a section of the Effective Mentoring Practice course based on the RPS high school where they wish to provide service to.

Fall 2017
PSYC 492/HPEX 491 – Orientation to Youth Mentoring
-Semester Course, 1 lecture hour, 1 credit
-Service-Learning experiences at Richmond Community and John Marshall High School
-Fall 2017 meeting time: Fridays from 11 to 12:50 p.m.

Promotes skill development to foster positive youth development by formulating approaches to build grit, curiosity and character in youth.  Curriculum will include best practices for ensuring youth safety, community partner orientation and engaging youth through activities-based learning.  Service activities involve the recruitment, mentoring and selection of students from Richmond Public Schools into VCU Health Sciences Academy, Career Exploration Program.

Spring 2018
PSYC 492/HPEX 491– Effective Mentoring Practice*
-2 lecture hours, 2 credits
-Service-Learning placements at Richmond Community and John Marshall High Schools
-Spring 2018 meeting times: Thursdays from 11:00 to 12:50 p.m. (John Marshall) and Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Richmond Community High School).

*Please note days and times of 2 credit seminars can vary every in future years.

Mentoring strategies are applied toward working with youth in local Richmond High Schools to assist them in preparing for careers and college entrance.  Curriculum will include 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.  Course sections will be selected based on needs of partnering schools.

Mentor Transportation to Schools

Drop-off and pick-up shuttle transportation service is provided for all mentors serving in local schools.

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