By Kevin Clark
National Mentor Month was a memorable experience for Dakar Foundation and the Compton Unified School District. Dakar has merged into the fast lane and will stay the course on our way to meet the American Apprenticeship initiative goals.
January is National Mentoring Month, and Dakar Foundation is embarking on a mission to combine STEAM and Mentoring in a Innovation talent showcase to promote the proposed Digital Media Academy at Compton Unified School District (CUSD). The plan is to integrate the instruction of Phillip May’s Introduction to Engineering course with, Mr. Juan Reynoso video production course to help students in the CUSD. Later in the month, Dakar will unveil a collaboration with the Global Music Alliance entitled the High School Music Company.
Dakar recognizes that helping these students will require a holistic approach including; group and e-mentoring to act as guides and role models, nutrition experts to help them make better food decisions, and digital media industry experts to help them see and understand the importance of their work.
Recently representatives from NASA JPL, Northrup Gruman, and a nutritional consultant met with Dakar, instructor May, and a group of 9th grade student engineers to discuss strategy on how to build a comprehensive experience that will scale from support via best mentoring practices and student advocacy.
Dakar board member Christopher Darden shares his point of view…..
Dakar will use the month of January (National Mentorship Month) to showcase several project base learning models where mentors and mentee couples will display group and e-mentoring techniques.
My Brothers Keepers, Sons and Brothers, and the High School Music Company will provide opportunities for Dakar and its corporate partners to aggregate efforts to move the needle with data and behavioral statistics.
Health will be in the spotlight in January as we attack nutrition as a major component in developing the total student for success in our media academy philosophy. School breakfast and lunch programs will be examined for analysis of effective practices and room for improvement?