Tyler Mayor Martin Heines had a vision for a mentorship program that would help students prepare for education beyond high school. This vision turned into the Mayor’s Mentorship Achievement Program (MAP), a business mentoring program matching 45 students with 45 mentors from The City of Tyler and other community organizations and businesses. The goal of MAP is to connect the business world to students and to empower them to achieve their full potential by furthering their education.
“The senior year is a turning point in a student’s journey,” Christi Khalaf, Tyler Area Business Education Council director, said. “There are many key milestones that must be achieved to set them up for post-secondary success. We hope MAP will help students successfully navigate the path to education beyond high school with the support of a mentor.”
Beginning in September, the mentors met with students at the Tyler ISD Career and Technology Center and will meet once per month throughout the school year. The sessions include a variety of informational breakout sessions, instructional workshops on college admissions and the financial aid process, guided college campus visits and more. Each mentor and mentee receives a notebook containing valuable information on the session topic, as well as space to document personal statements and goals.
“MAP is an incredible opportunity for Tyler ISD seniors to learn valuable college and career readiness skills from business professionals,” Leigh Anne Barber, Tyler ISD director of guidance and counseling, said. “We are excited to watch our students excel through MAP and for the program to grow in the future.”