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Roots & Wings

The Roots and Wings program was launched in 2008 by Rabbi Zoe Klein Miles and Temple Isaiah members. Each year, temple members have mentored local high school students as they prepare for their transition to college. The program creates a collaborative partnership between the temple and local public school(s) through purpose driven dialogue, empowerment and relationship building.

Roots & Wings at University Charter High School:

The Roots & Wings team joins 11th and 12th grade students at University Charter High School in the classroom twice per month. Each mentor works with a group of 3-5 students for the academic year, and sometimes beyond graduation. Many of the students who participate in the program will be the first in their families to attend college. Our goal is to help the students prepare for their transition to college. The program focuses on practical support and skill building in areas such as: writing college essays, completing applications, researching/applying for scholarships, thinking about living with a roommate, practicing creating social connections in college, and preparing to live independently. The program has been extraordinarily rewarding for both students and mentors.
How to get involved

We meet twice a month at University High School – 9:40am 11th grade and 10:55am 12th grade 

For more information, please email [email protected]

“It really is the most rewarding volunteerism that I’ve done. Every week was a pleasure to spend with these wonderful kids.” – Jennie Fahn, Roots & Wings Mentor

“You have been the most helpful mentor we ever had. You always asked us about our life and how we’re doing as a whole. You helped me so much with college scholarships and advice and it helped me figure out what I want to do. Thank you so much.” – Rachel, Student Mentee

You can download our application here.