February 2019
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Training Ourselves & Our Mentees About Happiness

In order to be our very best, we need to take time for mental breaks and encouragement. In our society we believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In a fast-moving TedTalk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive. His work at Harvard University and with companies and schools around the world has focused on changing mindsets to increase well-being and productivity. 

This is a great mindset to share with our mentees. To hear more about his Happiness Theory, you can Click Here!

Thank you for sharing your pictures with us for National Mentoring Month!

We loved seeing our amazing mentors in action with their mentees. Check out some of our favorites below.  

Mentor of the Month
Michael Leeds

Q: How did you become involved with mentoring through the Hillsborough Education Foundation? 
A: I was looking for an opportunity to mentor high school studetns and was referred by Hillsborough County Public Schools to the Education Foundation. 

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of mentoring?
A: Learning that my mentee adopted suggestions, strategies, and advice that I have provided - and realizing that outcome from implementing them was good.

Q: What do you believe is the key to being a quality mentor?
A: Listening, always being  available , and also advocating for them - with their teachers, when they are in trouble or need advice, etc. 

Q: When you are not working with students, how do you prefer to spend your free time?
A: Spending time with my family, working, outdoor activities, volunteering with other organizations. 

Q: What do you hope your mentee will learn from you?
A: Accountability, responsibility, be a good person, work hard to achieve goals. 

Mentor Resources  

To celebrate Black History Month, we are encouraging our mentors to honor the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history by incorporating activities and  dialogue related to African American history in your mentoring sessions. 

Here are just a few ideas and resources you can utilize in your mentoring sessions:

  • Poems, articles, and podcasts that explore African American history and culture (Click Here)
  • Exploring African Americans in Science (Click Here)
  • Famous African American Inventors (Click Here)
  • Honoring Harriet Tubman (Click Here)
  • "Black History Month: 5 African-American Entrepreneurs" (Click Here)
  • Read Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech together (Click Here)

Scholarship Opportunity for SENIORS

The Bailey Family Foundation Scholarship
$5,000 for up to 4 years!

Applications are due February 28th!
  • Minimum 2.5 Cumulative GOA
  • Demonstrate Financial Need
  • Graduating Senior
  • Planning to attend college
  • Legal U.S. Resident


Scholarship Opportunity for SENIORS

The DeBartolo Family Foundation Scholarship

Applications are due April 5th!

The College Success Team
(Click each name to email)
            Anna Laird                   Mari Velaz

   Wildens Cajuste               Melanie Jimenez                Joe Addison
Mark Your Calendar!

February 18th
President's Day
Non-Student Day

All Students

March 4th 
Non-Student Day

All Students
March 15th 
End of 3rd Quarter
All Students
March 18th - 25th
(return to school on 26th) 
Spring Break
All Students
March 20th 
Citi Career Day - Career Exploration Workshop
All Students
(more details to come)

For more information, contact Anna Laird via  email.

If you know someone who is interested in mentoring, 
have them visit our website for more information: