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Career mentors needed to work with Seita Scholars

June 30, 2010

KALAMAZOO--The Seita Scholars Program at Western Michigan University is seeking volunteers for its newly established career mentoring service.

The Seita program is a supportive WMU resource for students who have aged out of the foster care system. More than providing an undergraduate education, the University, through its Seita Scholars Program, helps former foster care students transition into young adulthood and develop life skills to achieve their full academic and career potential.

The new Volunteer Career Mentor Service will link Seita Scholars to professionals who engage mentees in such activities as mock interviewing, job shadowing, networking, information sharing, and discussions of career paths and plans.

Marian Hawkins, Seita Scholars Program volunteer coordinator, says the mentoring service is looking for career professionals with a bachelor's or higher degree. Program officials will match the professionals and mentees based on the mentees' career interests.

Minimally, mentors must be willing to commit to participating in an application process, attending a two-hour orientation session and interacting with their mentees four hours per month for one school year. At least half of that interaction time must be spent meeting with their mentees, while the remaining time may be spent interacting by e-mail or telephone.

Those interested in becoming a Seita Scholars Program Volunteer Career Mentor may request an application or more information by contacting Marian Hawkins at marian.hawkins@wmich.edu or (269) 387-8357.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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