Have you heard that the number of “mid-tier” students has declined since COVID-19? The disparity between student tiers have widened as they learn remotely due to COVID-19. As such, polarization in education opportunity is being raised as an educational issue since the outbreak of COVID-19.
To overcome this problem, Incheon Airport established a new program with a group of volunteers based on the social contribution vision of connecting people—a mentoring program called Ready, Jump, Fly! It comprises a group of volunteers that help multicultural teenagers who are on the fringes of education. Let’s take a closer look at the program!
What is Ready, Jump, Fly?
Incheon Airport’s Ready, Jump, Fly mentoring program is a social contribution activity that supports education volunteering by connecting teenagers with immigrant backgrounds and college student mentors in Incheon and Gyeonggi-do.
College student mentors are called a special name. They are called scholarship teachers, which mean that they are scholarship students sponsored by Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) who serve as teachers to help teenagers learn. Scholarship teachers provide learning guidance and emotional support to multicultural teenagers.
Scholarship teachers visit learning centers in Incheon and Gyeonggi-do and provided education volunteering from September 2020 to June 2021. As social distancing is currently in place, they also provide online education to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
That’s not all! Incheon Airport’s Ready, Jump, Fly mentoring program is trying to provide help to scholarship teachers as well as teenagers with immigrant backgrounds through its triangular virtuous cycle.
Scholarship teachers’ tailored education and emotional support is provided to multicultural teenagers, while mentoring from people in various sectors of society is provided to scholarship teachers. With this triangular virtuous cycle, the strong link between teenagers with immigrant backgrounds, college students and citizen mentors all support each other’s learning and perpetuate positive reinforcement as well as influence.
How can scholarship teachers guide teenagers?
100 college students selected as scholarship teachers currently provide mentoring to 400 multicultural teenagers in Incheon and Gyeonggi-do. How are scholarship teachers guiding the teenagers?
(1) From learning to career paths!
Scholarship teachers help multicultural teenagers to learn for 6 hours 2 to 3 times per week. It helps to build teenagers’ basic academic skill, listen to various concerns including career choice through 10 months of friendship, and establish positive emotions and values to teenagers.
Plus, a job fair will be held once a year for multicultural teenagers. Scholarship teachers will introduce different college majors, and IIAC employees will provide career mentoring and job experience so that teenagers can dream big.
(2) Training to guide learning
Scholarship teachers are regularly trained to effectively guide learning. They attend lectures from school teachers currently teaching teenagers with immigrant backgrounds, learn the knowhow of learning guide and emotional support from homeroom teachers for third graders in high school.
Do scholarship teachers also have teachers?
While multicultural teenagers have scholarship teachers, scholarship teachers have “citizen mentors” who provide career-related mentoring to scholarship teachers.
Citizen mentors, comprising IIAC employees and experts from various fields, provide advice related to career and job experience to scholarship teachers and water their roots so that scholarship teachers can grow. In fact, online mentoring was provided with topics like career consultation or job seeking activities right after the launching ceremony!
Mentoring is provided in various ways. It consists of one-on-one mentoring, where citizen mentors listen to each individual scholarship teacher’s concerns and provides advice, small-group mentoring, where 4 to 7 scholarship teachers with common interests form a membership and receive mentoring, and group mentoring, where they can get broader insights in talk concerts. Scholarship teachers can receive various types of advice in this way, right?
Incheon Airport’s Ready, Jump, Fly mentoring program started with the hopes that a virtuous education cycle can be provided in a way for mutual benefit and development of multicultural teenagers and college students. We hope you show your love and support for Incheon Airport’s Ready, Jump, Fly mentoring program so that everyone can get ready, jump together and spread their wings for their future!
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