In 2016, Tyler Mayor Martin Heines had a vision for a mentorship program that would help students prepare for education beyond high school. This vision would soon become the Mayor’s Mentorship Achievement Program (MAP), a business mentoring program that matches business professionals with Tyler ISD seniors to empower and encourage students to achieve their full potential by furthering their education.
The 2019-20 program kicked off recently at the Career and Technology Center, where 22 seniors were paired with business professionals from a variety of corporations and organizations throughout Tyler. Since the program began in 2016, business professionals have served as mentors to more than 130 Tyler ISD seniors.
“Tyler ISD is extremely thankful to have the opportunity to partner in a collective impact with the Tyler Area Business Education Council and East Texas business leaders,” Dr. Jennifer Jones, Tyler ISD director of guidance and counseling, said. “The mentoring process connects students with community business leaders to help to shape students’ lives in college, career, and life readiness. MAP mentors play an integral part in strengthening student educational outcomes, postsecondary success, and building our future workforce.”
Throughout the school year, seniors will participate in monthly programs with their mentor on various topics related to the college application process and career exploration. Mentors add an additional layer of support to families in our community assisting students as they make critical college and careers decisions. Mentors have a powerful effect and influence on student success beyond high school.
“MAP is just one way that the business community can help students in our community (and our future workforce) succeed,” LaToya Young, executive director of Tyler Area Business Education Council, said.