A Crucial Component for any Education Program
L.I.F.T. Scholars, via e-mail communications and Skype, are mentors to middle school and high school students in low-income communities similar to the communities where they grew up. With our guidance and assistance, they help motivate and inspire younger peers to:
- Believe it is possible to go to college
- Provide real-life advice on how to make their dreams a reality
- Improve their math, reading/comprehension, science skills
- Prepare for the transition from middle school to high school, including:
- Learning their way around their new school
- Understanding the importance of doing homework
- How to study for tests
- Discussing their personal questions and concerns
- Addressing issues of bullying, gangs, drugs
- Emphasize the importance of college centers and extra-curricula activities
Conversations With L.I.F.T. Scholars
L.I.F.T. Scholars visit high schools in low-income areas of Los Angeles and Indianapolis for a “Conversation” with middle school and senior high students about what it is like to be in college.
Students provide questions to our L.I.F.T. Scholars and then open discussion at the end of each “Conversation” to answer additional questions. Questions range from:
- How do I convince my parent(s) going away to college positive?
- What is the benefit of a large campus? Small campus?
- How are you able to meet people?
- Is it hard?
- Do you miss your family?
- If I do not know what I want to do how do I chose a major?
- What is the best thing about college? What is the worst?
How do I study for so many classes on the quarter system?
- What was the hardest adjustment your first quarter/semester?
If you are interested in setting a date for a “Conversation with L.I.F.T. Scholars” please contact us.
Adult Mentoring Programs
Long-time educator and L.I.F.T. co-founder Susan Kozlowski provides the tools for mentoring students at every grade level. The L.I.F.T. Foundation shares the expertise of differences needed in mentorship at the elementary, middle school, high school, and college levels. From weekly personal mentoring lunches, to academic tutoring after school, to encouragement and commitment to each student, mentorship is the key to academic success at any age. It is the key element of a formula for success in college attainment. Her hope, and our goal, is to inspire other adults and educators to accept the challenge to make a difference in a young person’s life and be a mentor.