Roots & Wings is a program that has connected students at Santee and University High School with mentors from Temple Isaiah since 2008. We strive to create a temple–public school partnership that mutually benefits both institutions through purpose-driven dialogue, empowerment, and relationship-building, and which will serve as a model to other faith communities and schools. Invoking many positive Jewish values, the mentorship program enables students to broaden their world experience and helps them achieve success in high school and beyond. Mentors agree that while the relationships have impacted their mentees in many positive ways, their own experience has also been deeply meaningful as a way to give back to their larger Los Angeles community. More than half of the first graduating class remains in contact with their mentors.
How to get involved:
Meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at Santee and 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at University High for approximately one hour from 9:15-10:15 a.m. If you are interested in working with some amazing teens, helping mold their future with your past experiences (roots), and watching them grow (wings), then we want you!
For more information please contact Suzanne Solig at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laurie Gantz at email@example.com.
You can download our application here.