By Jalen Wright
About 16 years ago Kathy Jones met a high school student that was looking to become the first in her family to go to college.
That student is now 32 with a loving family, a job where she makes six figures and a strong and long lasting relationship with her mentor.
“The mentor program can have an invaluable and positive impact on both the mentee and mentor’s lives,” said Kathy Jones, parent of Chris Jones ’17.
She played a significant role in bringing an alumni mentoring program to McNamara this fall, in which roughly 20 alumni will be paired with students in order to expose them to different professions.
Last winter, Kathy Jones approached then-Director of Alumni Relations Michael Jones(no relation) with her idea. He loved the idea of an alumni mentoring program, because he thought that it would be “a good way to get alumni back and engaged in our school community.”
Kathy Jones and Robert Nolte, current Director of Alumni Relations, will conclude alumni interviews next week. They expect the alumni to be paired with the students in late October.
Director of Student Activities Brian Brower said mentees will include seniors and juniors.
“Next year if there is a higher number of interested alumni then we can possibly expand the program to the entire school,” Brower said.
Jorden White ’17, who will be paired with a mentor, said the program will allow guidance for students to excel and thrive.
“I feel the alumni mentoring program will be beneficial to all the students attending McNamara…,” she said.
Nolte spent the majority of this summer gathering alumni interested in being a mentor.
“We have amazing alumni that have every interest in the world to provide their experience and their story,” Nolte said.
Kathy and her team are really anxious to get this process started. She has high expectations for the program this fall.
“(The goal of the program is to) enhance and enrich the lives of our Bishop McNamara students and allow them the ability to gain experiences that they might not usually have.”