1,000 Mentors

Superintendent Debra Livingston has announced a partnership with Southern New Hampshire University and the National Center for Competency-Based Learning to launch the 1,000 Mentors program for high school students in Manchester. The initiative aims to connect community members, businesses and organizations directly with the schools, expanding the number of ways students can earn academic credit outside of school.   

The 1,000 Mentors program will emphasize students’ understanding of a subject or skill set. The mentors will be recruited, trained and matched with Manchester students. Expectations for both mentors and students in the program will be explicit, and achievement will be clearly defined. Students will earn academic credit by demonstrating mastery of concepts and skills.

Anyone in the community – doctors, lawyers, electricians, software developers, news reporters, painters, musicians – is welcome to take part in the 1,000 Mentors initiative; every specialty and area of discipline will be considered for participation. 

Those who are interested can complete our online application.

Are high school students allowed to receive credit toward graduation outside of school?
New Hampshire education regulations allow for non-traditional learning through mentorship/internship experiences, called extended learning opportunities (ELO). Credits toward graduation can only be achieved by demonstration of mastery of required competencies, regardless of where, when, or how the competencies were mastered.

Which students qualify to have a mentor for credit?
All students at every Manchester high school can participate in 1,000 Mentors! No matter the academic track or which classes they take, any student who expresses interest in earning graduation credits through an ELO may have the opportunity to do so and will be matched with the appropriate mentor. 

Who will decide what competencies participating students must master?
Each mentorship experience will have a set of learning expectations aligned with the subject area the mentorship aims to cover. Educators will assist mentors in the creation of the competencies that will be mastered by students under their supervision. In many cases, these competencies may be the same or similar to some of the standards of the district.

What are the expectations of the mentors?
It is expected that mentors will provide valuable, real world learning experiences for students to acquire skills and lessons necessary to prepare them for college, careers, and life. Mentors will commit to the schedule agreed to with the school and work with educators to assess students’ success on the expected competencies.

How long will the mentorships last?
The time table for mentorships will be determined by the mentor and the school, keeping in mind that students learn at different paces. Additionally, the experiences will carry varying credit weights which will likely vary the length of the mentorship experience.