STEP 1-2-3 MENTOR

PROJECTS

MLK DAY OF SERVICE PARTNERS (ANNUALLY)

We are pledging to help at least 200 Homeless People and their families and want to help more by making lunch sacks and thoughtful notes and distributing them to a local homeless in time for the holidays.

BRIDGE TO COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

An effort to engage local grocery store in the communities we serve to provide civic engagement, mentor skills building workshops, pro bono clinics, and service projects to the communities they serve.

SPEAKER SERIES

Notable speakers and many more have agreed to be a part of our Speaker Series launching at select schools in Alabama! We have launched this series in Spring 2017 and have continued to have riveting and thought-provoking speakers speak in our classrooms and communities.

MENTORING MATTERS

Graduate students serve as mentors to undergraduate students. Paired by similar interests and courses of study, both parties push each other to graduate and explore every professional and academic opportunity available to them. Every member of our college program is recruited to be a mentor on the Elementary, Middle, or High School level.

Elementary– K-5 students are paired with mentors who will push children to reach their full potential. Mentors begin instilling a love of learning in children while helping them achieve small milestones.

Middle– Students in grades 6-8 are paired with mentors with tutoring skills. Mentors will help these students build necessary skills for both academic and personal success at the middle school level. For 8th grade students, mentors place emphasis on preparing their students to transition into high school on every level.

• Collins Riverside Middle School (TUSCALOOSA, AL)

High School-High school students are paired with mentors who will help them prepare for life after high school. Mentors push traditional 4-year college, and other learning opportunities to set students up for success no matter what they decide after graduation.

• Coming Fall 2021

College and Beyond

• Wiley College Students (MARSHALL, TX)
• University of Alabama Student (TUSCALOOSA, AL)
• American University Students (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
• Etc.

CREATIVE EXPRESSION CONTEST

We want students to write stories about the success of good mentoring programs at the schools we serve. So, we are launching a cash prize award where students we mentor can enter by telling their success stories with OUR Mentors in any way they see as creative expression.

FOOD BOX INITIATIVE

Food Box Initiative began as a food drive-in at a local Piggly Wiggly with Step 1-2-3 and partnering organization, Little Things That Count. Both orgs collected cash donations, whole meals, and canned goods throughout the December 2020 month, and distributed food boxes to 10families and one homeless community the week of Christmas. The support received was extremely positive and inspired Neena to make this food drive an annual event. With hopes of gaining a wide range of support and in an effort to separate this project from others, Neena named the food drive. Through its annual Adopt a Family Food Distribution program, Food Box Initiative has been able to assist over $1000+ worth of holiday meals in the Birmingham, AL area.

I AM LOST ANNUAL CONFERENCE 

Step 1-2-3 Mentor for Life Initiative is excited to announce our annual I AM LOST Conference that will be held in Summer 2021. Each year’s I AM LOST, Let’s Talk Conference will feature some amazing training as we dialogue about how to have conversations regarding differences – race, religion, gender, ability, mental health, etc – particularly in professional settings. It is the goal of @step123mentor to create a safe space where individuals can discuss, share, and learn. It is an event that you truly do not want to miss.

PAST I AM LOST ANNUAL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

VIRTUAL STEM GRADUATION

We are having a white coat ceremony for our campers at the end of their virtual summer camp. We hope you can join in the fun next time!

NEW PROJECTS:

WE NEED ASSISTANCE ON THESE…

#1- INCLUSIVE MENTEES PROGRAMS

We have received requests to help mentor the youth facing issues in our criminal justice system virtually, and we have answered that call. We invite adult mentors who have gone through an extensive background check to virtually meet with the youth mentee’s client advocate and the mentor in a group virtual session to start equipping juvenile mentees with the tools they need to keep their focus during the troubling times of incarceration. If you would like to help be the client advocate to join the call with your juvenile client in need of mentorship, we have a place for you.

Please Email step123mentor@gmail.com to sign up for this project.

# 2- INTERVIEWS AND INTAKE FOR NEW MEMBERS

We have intake this past two months, twenty-five new mentees including summer camp pairs. This month our numbers to increase our membership for our male mentors and mentees is imperative. We are searching for open-minded male and female volunteer intake assistance to conduct interviews and recruitment for an equal balance of male and female mentees. We have already two new male members join us this past two months and seven new mentors step up to cover the ones we still need female lawyer mentors for. This is a huge step in the right direction, but we have five young aspiring lawyers still in need of mentors both male and female. If mentorship for life is for you, then join us as a volunteer intake specialist. If not, join us as a lifelong mentor, and answer that call to mentorship.

Please Email step123mentor@gmail.com to sign up to mentor!

#3 – LAVA MAE AND HOMELESSNESS PROJECTS 3-5

We had a successful MLK DAY OF SERVICE making over 200+ Meals and Distributing them Far and Wide to 7 Areas of Birmingham that are often forgotten for homeless communities. While serving, we received feedback from someone who was homeless that requested an event where there were mobile showers and a job fair to help. We think Lava Mae x has an easy-to-follow event series to implement to provide more meaningful services to the Homeland Community. Here are three projects we can implement in the coming months

#4 – HYGIENE KIT MAKING DRIVE

Directory for HYGIENE SERVICE Events by Lava Mae x IN CALIFORNIA

Please Email step123mentor@gmail.com to sign up for this project

#5 – DIY HANDWASHING STATIONS

Learn more about the DIY Handwashing Stations

Please Email step123mentor@gmail.com to sign up for this project

#6 – POP UP CARE VILLAGES

Learn more about Pop Up Care Villages

Please Email step123mentor@gmail.com to sign up for this project

#7 – JOB SHADOW PROGRAM

Neena created an easy-to-follow Job Shadow Program that she thinks is replicable for Step 1-2-3 that can one day lead us to the job matching programs we want to create. So, she would like us to create a STEP 1-2-3 JOB SHADOW Program that is easier to volunteer for.

Please Email step123mentor@gmail.com to sign up for this project

#8 – SPONSORSHIP GRANTS WRITING AND PROJECT SERVICE REQUESTS

SPONSOR

  • Our Annual I AM LOST Conference
  • Our Virtual Graduation
  • Our 6 Week Step 1-2-3 Virtual STEM Summer Camp
  • Our Projects

Please Email step123mentor@gmail.com to sponsor us for any of these projects.

WORKSHOP REQUEST FOR FREE COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS NEEDS BASED ON A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING:

    #9 – STEM SUMMER CAMP RECRUITMENT AND SPONSORS

    We are asking each instructor for 4 hours per day for 5 days of their time to run their version of a STEM camp along with our help. This means 4 lesson plans per day that are customizable to different age groups within 1 hour. Teaching a Week or a Day FOR STEM ( Math WEEK, Science(COVID-19) WEEK, OR IP LAW Related WEEK AVAILABLE FOR INSTRUCTORS) or Guest Speaker(1 Time Slot Only) Position

    Please Email step123mentor@gmail.com to sign up for this project

    BLACK HISTORY CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT:

    JANUARY – APRIL

    COLLECT THE LINKS WITH BLACK HISTORY INFO

    APRIL – JULY

    SUMMER PROJECT

    1 Page – 2 Page Research Project per slide in our Google Slides per 3-5 links submitted.

    Please PRINT SLIE #2, sign, and return before submitting to this project.

    AUGUST – SEPTEMBER

    THEME CREATION 

    OCTOBER – NOVEMBER

    CITE THE SOURCES EFFECTIVE AND COMPILE READING LISTS TO COMPLEMENT THE SECTIONS

    DECEMBER

    PREPARE CURRICULUM FOR PRESENTATION FOR INCLUSION IN ALABAMA EDUCATION CURRICULUM