University Prep’s LaunchPad is a two-week real-world experience for seniors that offers them an opportunity to step outside of the classroom and work in an environment that speaks to their personal passions and/or to their professional, vocational, or academic curiosities. From shadowing software engineers to maintaining hiking trails to helping manage a Pilates studio to producing original music, LaunchPad is designed to give students a chance to engage with the world beyond UPrep and practice those real-world skills they’ll need after they graduate.
Work with mentees to outline how the two weeks will be spent. Mentees might spend this time observing the mentor, participating in work experiences, creating a project under the guidance of the mentor, or another plan as determined by both mentor and mentee.
Check in on a daily basis with mentees to review progress, provide feedback, and/or answer questions. Depending on the project, this check-in does not necessarily need to happen in person.
Communicate to UPrep should any issues or challenges arise.
Ensure that they only work/observe at locations prearranged and submitted to UPrep via the Work Plan.
LaunchPad is a student-driven experience. As such, the expectation is that students take the lead in the designing and carrying out of their proposal. The mentor’s role is to provide guidance and feedback throughout the experience as well as offer suggestions if students run into obstacles. You are the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage.