October 2021
October is College Application Month, consider having a conversation with your mentee about the colleges they are interested in, and if they are a senior encourage them to apply! Please use the resources below to enhance those conversations, and as always if you have any questions regarding the college application process reach out to your designated College Success Coach!
Help Your Mentee Apply to College
Degree Types
Students pursuing higher education have a world of options to choose from, from credentials such as badges and certificates to a range of college degree levels. Reviewing degree types with your mentee can provide clarity as to what post-secondary degree they want to pursue after HS.

HS Graduation Requirements
Make sure your mentee is on track to graduate from HS, by reviewing Florida's HS graduation requirements with them. It is a best practice to review these requirements at the start of every semester.

College Types
While every college is unique, almost every college fits into a category. The National Association for College Admission Counseling put together a list of the most popular types of colleges, and helpful definitions that explain what makes each of these types unique.

Use the Counselor's Guide to the State University System of Florida (SUS), to review with your mentee valuable admissions information about Florida's 12 Public Universities.

College Exploration Websites
Some popular college exploration websites include:

You can use these websites to research colleges using criteria such as: college location, college size, majors offered etc.
TSIC Mentor Resources
Online Portal
Check out the "College & Career Preparation & Exploration" folder in TSIC Mentor Resource Drive to access resources like Virtual College Tours, College Preparation checklists, and more!

FAFSA is Open
If you mentor a senior, please encourage them to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Qualifying students are eligible to receive up to $6,495.

For more information and resources about the FAFSA please visit the Financial Aid folder in the Mentor Resource Portal.

Adopt a School Volunteer Delivery Program  

Would you like to help deliver supplies to some of our highest needs schools in Hillsborough County? “Adopt” one (or a few) of our 45 highest needs schools and help Hillsborough Education Foundation deliver supplies!

You may sign up as an individual or group. You choose the day and time that is convenient for you each month. Sign up by clicking here!

If you have any questions please contact Angelica Lombrana, Teaching Tools Program Coordinator, at (813) 463-4280 or alombrana@educationfoundation.com 
How did you become involved with mentoring through Hillsborough Education Foundation?  I actively searched for an organization when I relocated to Tampa from Austin, TX, where I'd mentored since 2014. Once I found HEF, I did a little research and then went to the office for an orientation of sorts and then jumped on board.
What has been the most rewarding part of mentoring? I find it refreshing talking with young people and learning how they see the world and their views on life. 

What do you believe is the key to being a quality mentor? Willingness and availability are vital to mentorship. If you go into it looking to see that you've made a difference, mentoring can be tough. It's a process like many things in life, it's relationship building and that takes time. 

When you are not working with students, how do you prefer to spend your free time? I'm a Certified Professional Life Coach, so I'm often assisting people with "life." I do it on vacation, at church, seemingly everywhere... but in my true "free time" I'm enjoying traveling, sports and fitness activities.

What do you hope your mentee will learn from you? I use myself as an example all the time with my mentee, and I've made many mistakes along the way. My hope is that he learns that life requires endurance, resilience and knowing that it's never too late to do "it". 

HCPS Bus Driver Shortage
Hillsborough County Public Schools unveiled a new incentive program to help fill its open bus driver positions.

School districts across the nation, including Hillsborough County, have been suffering from a bus driver shortage and students are feeling the impact.

To read more, click here .
Source: 10 Tampa Bay

HCPS Launches Virtual Quarantine Support Program

Starting this week, certified teachers will be available weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily to answer questions and help students who are quarantined in Pre-K through 5th grade with their school work.

Even with the recently relaxed quarantine rules, Deputy Superintendent Terry Connor said the district is still seeing hundreds of children out each week because of the pandemic, and educators want to make sure they don't fall behind in their studies.

To read more, click here.
Source: Bay News 9

Click the name of your assigned College Success Coach to email them.
Director of TSIC
(813) 574-0271
Mentor Coordinator
(813) 574-0272
College Success Coach
(813) 574-0264
College Success Coach
(813) 574-0269
Mark Your Calendar
October 20th
Social Emotional Learning as a Lens for Mentorship
November 11th
Veterans Day
Non-Student Day
All HCPS Students
For more detailed information about the events occurring in Hillsborough County Public Schools, click the link below:
For more information, contact Joanne Sandoval via email
TSIC Mentor & Student
Resource Portal

To access grade-specific road maps, virtual mentoring ideas, mentor toolkits, information on colleges & careers, and more resources click the buttons below!