Become a Mentor/Coach for High School Students

Are you interested in giving back? Consider mentoring high school students to expose them to college life. The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences is currently recruiting UT Dallas students to work with high schoolers as part of a program funded by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) in Washington, D.C., under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Nationally, the HBI program aims to match 5,000 youths with more than 1,600 industry mentors, from home-builders associations, business organizations and local communities. UT Dallas is the only university of the more than 30 participating sites across the country.

"I have worked with HBI in various capacities since 1993, and they are the pioneers in quality programming for youth," said Sarah Maxwell, associate professor of public affairs. "The combination of HBI’s industry leadership with UT Dallas' reputation as a top undergraduate institution is unique in the youth development field. We are proud to introduce an emerging best practice into the educational system."

Since fall of 2011, UT Dallas students have met with the high-school students twice a month on a variety of projects and topics including writing, resume building and career exploration.

Students interested in participating in the mentor program for fall 2012 may contact Nina Barbieri at nbarbieri@utdallas.edu.

Duties during the academic year will include monthly group visits with the high school students, with two events held on the UT Dallas campus and the others held off campus.

The Home Builders Institute (HBI) in Washington D.C. initially awarded EPPS $67,000 to run the mentoring program, which is called HBI Construction - Coaching Opportunities to Reach Employment (C-CORE). That amount has since grown to more than $150,000. "Our goal is to give the high school students an opportunity to think about career exploration and to get them acquainted with a college campus," said Nadine Connell, a faculty supervisor for the program. "Plus our college participants have a lot of fun."