Mentors Welcome New ENL Students

Club advisors Ms. Priscilla Ramirez and Ms. Maria Kaneris facilitate the mentoring program to help these new students connect and feel understood by their peers.  thumbnail165303
Club advisors Ms. Priscilla Ramirez and Ms. Maria Kaneris facilitate the mentoring program to help these new students connect and feel understood by their peers.
Students spend time during their free periods to play games, share snacks, and chat as they get to know each other. thumbnail165305
Students spend time during their free periods to play games, share snacks, and chat as they get to know each other.
Junior and Senior mentors help guide lowerclassmen as they navigate through high school in a new country.  thumbnail165306
Junior and Senior mentors help guide lowerclassmen as they navigate through high school in a new country.

Students at Walt Whitman High School are finding ways to make everyone feel welcome. The Latino Heritage Club initiated a mentor program where ENL students are being introduced to one another to create secure relationships at school. Upperclassmen mentors are paired with lowerclassmen that are relatively new to this country in order help them become better acclimated to high school in the states. Mentors and mentees coordinate their schedules each week throughout the school year to make time for one another and engage in different activities to connect and learn about each other. During this time, they are encouraged to ask each other questions to learn about each other’s experiences, their varying cultures, and to get a better understanding of where they are coming from.

In addition to their bi-weekly meetings, the Latino Heritage Club will be at International Night on Thursday, March 12th at 7PM in Whitman’s PAC. They will also be hosting their 3rd Annual Glow in the Dark Zumba Night on Friday, April 24th from 5:30-8:30PM in the South Cafeteria. All students are $5, teachers are $10, and general admission for friends and family is $20.