SEL Awardee

Kara Menfi

Charlottesville High School
Charlottesville City School District
Charlottesville, VA
“The Multilingual Mentor Program is a new student-run, staff-supported peer advisory and mentorship program. This program was initiated and named by a small group of seniors who reflected upon their experiences as newly arrived ELLs (English language learners) and wanted to create a support program so that new students like them would have an easier transition than they did. Volunteer students at advanced level English receive training and lead group meetings with newcomers, creating a safe space for discussion in students’ native languages, helping them to adapt and thrive in their new school culture.”
Tags: High School, Mentorship, New Arrivals, Student Leadership & Voice, Teacher, Traditional Public School, Urban