Mentorship Program

Mentorship Site List Mentorship Brochure


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One of the primary ways in which Assets High School helps students to become lifelong learners is via our Mentorship Program, which extends learning beyond the walls of classrooms and into authentic work environments. Through the Mentorship Program, students hone their abilities and knowledge, all the while making critical connections between school-based academics and hands-on experiences under the guidance of community mentors in workplace settings. Through these opportunities, students develop a sense of appreciation, dedication, and responsibility. In addition, they learn more about themselves, develop an understanding of how they can best fit into a professional environment, and gain insight into career opportunities.


ZM photo 2The mentorship program for the 9th graders provides a solid foundation for their future experiences in workplace environments. Select faculty members serve as ninth-grade mentors who offer students the opportunity to join specialized campus-based teams and develop skills in specific focus areas, such as architecture, creativity, entrepreneurship, environmental science, fashion design, global relations, and technical theater. Ninth graders work with their mentors to plan and implement a variety of projects specific to their chosen fields, as well as feature their projects at the Ninth Grade Mentorship Expo. For example, our student fashion designers created prom dresses that they showcased in a runway show; student architects constructed a small-scale model home; and student theater technicians planned and managed the sound, costumes, make-up, props, and sets for a spring stage production.

For tenth through twelfth graders, the mentorship experience broadens considerably.

EG photo 1Based on students’ interests and personal qualifications, the mentorship program matches students in grades 10 through 12 with various companies and organizations in the community. Students work for high school credit at their mentorship sites every Wednesday from September through April. Students typically work for the equivalent of a full Wednesday school day (i.e., 5.5 hours), during specific shift times that are mutully beneficial to students and mentors. On occasion, students and mentors also opt to have students fulfill their 5.5 hour-per-week time requirement on days other than Wednesdays so that students have greater opportunities to experience the mentorship site. Also, based on specific course schedules, some students may work a shorter shift of 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (i.e., three hours) on Wednesdays, as they first attend a morning class at Assets School.

Mentorship Monitoring
Designated faculty members serve as mentorship monitors, who are responsible for overseeing students’ progress at mentorship sites and communicating regularly with students and mentors. Monitors schedule on-site visits every semester during which they observe students and their interactions with their mentors and facilitate a meeting between mentors and students to review students’ progress and the performance evaluations students receive from mentors.

Mentorship Curriculum
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Homeroom advisors provide an opportunity to nurture and develop communication with their students on a daily basis. They discuss mentorship goals, achievements, problems, and challenges with students individually and within a group, often incorporating our five school-wide learning expectations (effective advocate, responsible risk taker, insightful learner, concerned citizen, and clear communicator) into the conversation. Opportunities to discuss students’ weekly job experiences in a safe environment help to foster a successful, productive, and rewarding mentorship experience for each student.

Students complete reflective writing assignments and other mentorship projects. While students receive feedback and support from their mentorship monitors on their assignments, homeroom advisors oversee, provide (written and oral) feedback on, and evaluate the various drafts of students’ mentorship assignments and projects. They also assess final versions using rubrics.

The Mentorship Expo
The culmination of the mentorship program is the Mentorship Expo, which occurs on the in late April. At the Mentorship Expo, students are featured in scheduled sessions during which they showcase their customized demonstrations of learning. Most students present individually, though students who are mentored within the same company or industry may opt to present together. Parents, mentors, and guests are invited to attend this event along with faculty members and administrators.

This year, we are excited to bring the entire high school together with a Mentorship Expo for Grades 9-12.

Mark the Date:
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Assets High School Campus
913 Alewa Drive
Honolulu, HI  96818

For information on our program, including how to become a mentor, please contact:
Nikki Hamai Sakai
Phone: (808) 423-1356

What Our Students Say About Mentorship

SWS IMG_0717“A realistic work experience.”

“Mentorship is awesome and it’s helped me pick my major and career.”


“. . . more about myself and how to work with others.”

“. . . how to interact with people in a professional setting.”

“. . . what I want to pursue in life.”

“. . . being an effective advocate is important. I gained that slowly over the years when I realized that I had to advocate for myself.”

“. . . how to get a job in life and learn how the workplace functions. It’s also a good experience of responsibility.”