Center for Service & Social Action

R.E.A.L. Early College Mentoring

What is Early College?

The R.E.A.L. Early College High School is a collaboration between the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District and John Carroll University. During their first two years of high school, students take accelerated courses in science, social studies, math and English. Students can qualify to attend John Carroll University during their second two years of high school to earn both high school and college credit.

Why Become a Mentor?

  • Share your knowledge and experience
  • Make a difference in a person’s life
  • Improve leadership and communication skills


Goals of R.E.A.L. Early College Mentoring:

To create and develop relationships between the students in the R.E.A.L. Early College Program at Cleveland Heights High School with John Carroll University for the purpose of:

  • Enriching the educational experience of R.E.A.L. Early College students and John Carroll students;
  • Introducing R.E.A.L. Early College students to John Carroll University and college life;
  • Assist with social and academic transitions
  • Providing R.E.A.L. Early College students mentors who will support students’ participation in a challenging and rigorous academic program
  • Supporting R.E.A.L. Early College students taking courses on the John Carroll campus


Time Commitment

Students are required to participate in a training in the spring prior to the academic year in which they will mentor.  Training will combine 3 in person sessions and some online training.  Mentors will then be matched with an Early College student and begin mentoring responsibilities the following fall.  Mentors are required to meet with their mentee for a minimum of 20 minutes per week during the academic year they are committed.  Mentors can also expect between 1-2 other meetings or group activities each semester to help build community among mentors and mentees.  This commitment also includes email and phone communication in order to provide well rounded support of the Early College Student.  Mentor-mentee meetings are coordinated on an individual basis based on availability of both individuals. Mentors should plan on being involved with the program for a minimum of a full academic year.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application
  • Interview with Coordinator
  • Letter of Recommendation [due at time of interview]
  • Background Check [completed after accepted as mentor]
  • Screening through National Sex Offender Registry [done by coordinator at time of interview]



  • Applications are now closed for the 2016-2017 year. Contact to inquire about next year’s timeline.


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