Our Common Goal:
The support of teachers is crucial for Blugold Beginnings to be successful and make a difference. We are all working for the common goal of educating Wisconsin's youth. Pre-college preparation is a critical piece to opening doors for students to reach their goals and be successful. All students deserve access to resources and services to further support the path to higher education. By introducing the idea of post secondary education at an early age, we are all working to inspire and inform students of their options after high school and the benefits that come with higher education.
How the Program Works:
At the 5th grade level, each school will have a UW-Eau Claire student Site Coordinator to supervise the Blugold Beginnings mentors and assist with program operations. Our Blugold Beginnings mentors meet with their mentee throughout the week to help them in whatever way is most beneficial, as determined by the mentor/mentee, teachers, guidance counselors and parents. The Blugold Beginnings mentors can be role models on the play ground, give one on one attention during class time, or help with homework after school.
All student participating with programming during the academic year, 5th - 12th grade, should be referred to the program by their parents, teachers, principals or guidance counselors. Blugold Beginnings depends on these groups to identify eligible students.
At the middle and high school level, each school will have a team of UW-Eau Claire mentors working with students on and off school grounds. Mentors usually spend approximately five hours a week with their student, depending on the student's and mentor's availability. They can meet at the school, on the UW-Eau Claire campus or even in the student's home. Support services are provided for study skills, homework help, ACT preparation, post secondary education, college scholarship applications and post-secondary applications. High school students also participate in monthly activities on campus.
All middle and high school students must complete a permission slip in order to participate with monthly events. This permission slip is different than Tour Day permission slips.
Elementary schools allow mentors to assist during lunch and recess time developing teambuilding, social and leadership activities for students. After school, mentors support study clubs providing homework help, college knowledge discussions, career exploration and promoting higher education. Elementary student participants stay on school grounds for all activities.