The McGowan Hispanic Outreach High School Mentoring Program at King’s College began in February 2007. The program strives to assist Hispanic high school students who have the potential to enroll in a college or university. The program provides weekly tutoring sessions with a mentor. These sessions provide the high school students the opportunity to interact with a college student and to ask for advice about college. Participants who show strong interest and engagement in the program are offered the opportunity to participate in the Summer Residential Enrichment Program.
Normally, students participate in the high school mentoring program for four semesters starting in the fall semester of their sophomore year. Weekly sessions take place at King’s College on Monday afternoons from 3:15 to 4:30. In the second semester of junior year, the program offering is titled Walking Through the College Admissions Process – each weekly session focuses on a different aspect of applying to a college. Occasional Saturday programming is planned as appropriate and as needed. Hispanic Outreach staff members work with Wilkes Barre Area School District high school guidance counselors to develop a pool of candidates for the High School Mentoring Program.
The weekly mentoring sessions focus on developing math and literacy skills consistent with College Board (PSAT and SAT) and ACT testing. In addition, sessions are built around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines to give the students exposure to these 21st Century career paths.
The high school mentoring program primarily serves students from the greater Wilkes Barre area. The program application may be filled out on line at this webpage.