April 22nd

  1. Agenda

    1. 12:00pm - 12:15pm | Trio Catch Up Time

    2. 12:15pm - 1:45pm   | Work on/finish Capstone Project

    3. 12:45pm - 2:00pm   | Preparation for BCG next session


    1. Remind Trios to fill out this Google Form as they hear back from their Summer Programs

      1. Summer Programs - fill out this form to indicate your acceptance/rejections and remember to rank them in order of your preferences.

      2. Summer Programs Travel Policy - have the trios read this in it's entirety.

      3. Summer Programs Travel- Best Practice - have them read this whole document as well. 

      4. If there are any questions, a summer program's rep is here today to answer your questions. 

  1. Review of last session (March 18th) -

    1. Mentees made a folder in his/her Google Drive to compile images that will be used for the visual component of the Sophomore Capstone Project.

      1. Each category explained:

        1. The head - knowledge gained, what you know, what you know that you don’t know, what you want to learn, etc.

        2. The heart - who you are on the inside

        3. The hands - doing, what are you doing now, what do you like to do, what do you want to do in the future, how you want to serve your community and family

        4. The feet - where you are going, where do you find yourself right now, what obstacles do you foresee, what obstacles do you face now, what kinds of moves are you making that will take you somewhere

    2. Mentees then made word clouds to visually exemplify their values and their self-image.

      1. Values - These are things that you consider to be important or beneficial in your life

        1. What do you value in yourself, others, and the world around you?

      2. Character - Skills that you acquire that make you a better person, not traits that you are born with.

        1. Honesty, trustworthiness, resilience, etc.

      3. Personality - Attributes about yourself that you are born with and make up who you are, that make you unique

        1. Funny, smart, kind, empathetic, etc.

  2. Proposed plan for finishing Capstone Project:

    1. Give more guidelines in this session so that they know what we are looking for in their final products

    2. Give some context for why we are doing this project and what we want them to get out of it

    3. Have Trios finish working on putting the final product together, giving them the option to do it digitally or on paper that we provide. What matters is that their work can be displayed for all Mentees and Mentors to see in an upcoming Session

    4. April 29th - BCG so we cannot work on this project then

    5. May 6th - we might need to go over SAT/ACT diagnostics and have Mentees begin the process of deciding what test to focus on for their Junior year. After that, set up projects around Cafeteria. Have students assigned a number. Odd numbers stand by their project first while Trios walk around and listen to some set number of presentations. Then even numbers take a turn. Have food and drinks in the middle of the room for after the presentations as a kind of celebration. (can we think of a better way to do this?)

    6. Scavenger hunt May 13th (part of session or whole session)

  3. Lesson Plan

12:15 - 1:30 |

    1. Presentation to whole Pod to summarize what we have done for the Capstone Project so far.

      1. Suggestion - Pod Leader to ask Trios to take 5 minutes to remind themselves what we did last session. Ask them to also think about the purpose of the Capstone Project. After 5 minutes, ask the Trios to share with another Trio. Then have someone share their answer with the whole Pod (preferably a Mentee, encourage Mentees to respond). **the individual thinking time followed by sharing with another group is CRUCIAL for some students to collect their thoughts in their own way and then confirm in a smaller setting, which can make some students feel more comfortable to then share with the larger group.**

    2. Recap the purpose of the Capstone Project and what we want Mentees/Mentors to get out of this exercise.

      1. What is the point of doing this?

      2. Answer: we want the Mentees to look back at what we have done this year and to get practice with expressing themselves verbally as well as visually. We had goals for the Mentees this year in terms of our 3YC but we want the Mentees to compile all that they have learned about themselves and the world around them this past year. We also want Mentees to get experience with presenting to others - but we are avoiding a stressful and time-consuming one-by-one presentation (unless we all think that doing these presentations in Pods would be better…)

    3. Summarize to the Pod how these projects will be completed

      1. (on paper that we provide during this session or on Chromebook), stressing that we want to display everyone’s project around the cafeteria for all to see (that also might mean they want to think about what they include on their poster and if they want to share with everyone).

      2. How will they complete this project?

      3. Answer: they should compile pictures and/or drawings on a large sheet of paper that we provide for them or on a single screen of their Chromebook (ie. compile all of the picture on a single Google Slide or in a Google Doc). We suggest drawing an outline of their body, or in some creative way have their project represent their self-image. This can really look like anything so long as it uses images and words to explain what they have learned about themselves this year. They should also add the information from today’s activity: Why did you join MMSF initially? Why are you going to continue to be part of MMSF? What are your personal goals for your Summer Program this summer?

    4. DO NOW: Then have Trios reflect on the following questions that will be incorporated in their capstone project. Reflections should be recorded in their journals or Session Log: (we would like Mentors to reflect on these questions as well and then allow Mentees and Mentors to share their responses in their Trios)

      1. Why did you initially apply to MMSF? What did you want to get out of this program?

      2. Once selected for our program, what brought you back week after week? What was your personal reason to dedicate so much time and energy to this organization?

      3. What are you looking forward to the most about your Summer Program? What are your personal goals for your Summer Program experience?

      4. What do you want to get out of MMSF in the next two years? How do you want to see yourself grow in the next two years?

      5. These can be incorporated into their final projects either by writing a short response to each question or by finding a creative, visual way to represent their answers. They can explain their full answers when they share their projects.

    5. Work on projects

      1. Once reflections are finished and trios have shared their answers together, Trios should work on/finish their Capstone Projects. ** We want them all to be aware that our next session is not at Urban and that we will be at BCG downtown. The session after that is when we want to have them ready to present. They have time to work on this on their own if they do not finish in session, but we want them to be ready to present on May 6th - we won’t have time during that session to have significant time for the project.

    6. During the last 15 minutes of session

      1. We want to give a little heads up about what our next session will look like. We will be going to the Boston Consulting Group office downtown and Mentees will get to learn what management consulting is and also work on a case study in groups. Mentors and Mentees should show up. This is a partnership that our CEO started several years ago and we have gotten good feedback about this being a good experience for Mentees - BCG also loves hosting the Sophomore class each year. I have come up with some questions to walk Tios through finding out some basics about the company and what to expect so that our students go to BCG knowing some things about the company that hosts us each year - I think that knowing about BCG ahead of time can maximize the benefit the students get out of their group work.

      2. We will be visiting Boston Consulting Group (BCG) next week at their downtown office. What is BCG? What does BCG do?

        1. The BCG session will begin with a Question and Answer panel with 5 BCG consultants. We want you to think about two questions that you can ask our hosts during this part of the visit. These can range from “What is it like the be a consultant” to “what should you study in college if this kind of work is fun for me today?”

        2. You and some other Mentees will be grouped up and given a mock case study to work on and present. What is a case study (a simple Google search will suffice)? What can you expect to have to do when working on your case study?

  1. Remind Trios to fill out this Google Form as they hear back from their Summer Programs

    1. Summer Programs - fill out this form to indicate your acceptance/rejections and remember to rank them in order of your preferences.

    2. Summer Programs Travel Policy

    3. Summer Programs Travel- Best Practice