By Stella Ni ‘18 and Sherry Chen ‘18
To encourage students to stay in school, Governor Andrew Cuomo reimplemented The New York State Mentoring Program in 2015 but it’s the first year for hornets.
“We expect to see great results,” said Mr. Lawrence Kolotkin, the school coordinator. “Almost half the student population is less likely to do drugs and more than half is less inclined to skip school once they meet their mentor.”
The program was originally created by the governor’s mother, Mrs. Matilda Raffa Cuomo. According to the New York State Governor’s official website, The New York State Mentoring Program was the nation’s first statewide unique school based one-to-one mentoring program. The goal of this mentoring program is to help students grow and attain a greater sense of purpose, enterprise, and accomplishment, guiding them towards a brighter future.
“I was super nervous about starting a new chapter in my life, but my mentor reassured me and helped me focus on what is important,” said Timothy Chen ‘21.
This New York State Mentoring Program is aimed towards seniors and freshman only. It is intended to encourage youths to stay in school and work toward their graduation. This program allows seniors to receive credits for helping their fellow schoolmates. At the same time, it helps freshman feel welcomed and accustomed to the tribulations of high school life.
“When teenagers are experiencing difficulties in life, they are reluctant to confront teachers or counselors for advice,” said Zakria Khan ‘18. “However, through this program, we can teach each other through experience and offer support.”
Currently there are over 40 hornets involved in the New York State Mentoring Program as a mentor or mentee. Seniors will help freshman during school hours with homework or any other obstacles they may face.
Nimra Khan ‘21 said, “This program will help me excel in my classes while receiving help and guidance from my mentor.”
Crystal Lin ‘18 said, “I wish this program existed when I was a freshman. It would’ve made my life so much easier.”
According to Mr. Kolotkin there will be no meetings regarding this program. To join you must see him in room 417 after period 3.