Casco Bay Make It Happen! graduates at the I Made It Happen! Celebration at Ocean Gateway
Make It Happen! is a college readiness program that helps multilingual students build competitive academic profiles for college admission and financial aid. Make It Happen! AmeriCorps Site Coordinators help students take challenging classes, improve their standardized test scores, develop competitive college applications, and engage in leadership, community service, and professional development opportunities. To provide academic and language acquisition support, MIH! pairs English Language Learners in grades 8-12 with volunteer academic coaches. Volunteer academic coaches work with students from countries all over the globe.
Make It Happen! Mentoring is completing its first year at Deering High School with great success. Started as a pilot project second semester of last school year, MIHM is a cross peer mentoring program where Make It Happen seniors mentor Make It Happen! freshman weekly throughout the school year. The program is centered on leadership and engagement through student led inter-active learning. Make It Happen! Mentoring compliments the goals of Make It Happen: language proficiency, self-advocacy and college preparedness; empowering students to actively participate together in reaching these important Make It Happen educational goals. 26 students participated this year. Next year 34 students are anticipated. This represents 85% of the senior/freshman Make It Happen! students).
What mentees have to say about their experience in Make It Happen! Mentoring:
“Having a mentor helps me feel more engaged in my classes because she helps me understand what I am studying which makes the classes more fun.”
- “My mentor has given me the confidence to try new things and take harder courses. Now I know I can do it!”
- “When I’m a senior I want to be like my mentor and be a mentor, too.”
“When I first heard about being a mentor I didn’t think it would be rewarding but after having been a mentor it is one of the best things I’ve ever done.”
- “When I first started I didn’t think I had anything to offer, but I was amazed to learn I really do have knowledge that is helpful. I wish we had another year together.”
- “I loved it and wish it wasn’t ending.”
Become an Academic Coach!
We are looking for volunteer academic coaches who have a genuine desire to motivate students to excel academically. Empower youth by setting high expectations, helping them succeed in school, and modeling success!
Coaches meet with students for a minimum of 1-2 hours per week for a minimum of one academic semester (September to January or January to May). Meetings take place during the school day or after school (starting around 2 or 2:30) Monday through Friday.