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CalWORKS Parent to Parent program logoBeing a student and parent brings unique challenges that only another parent truly understands.

Parent to Parent (P2P), in partnership with the Mentor Collective, enhances the student experience by connecting CalWORKs students with a mentor from within the program. P2P mentees are paired with someone invested in their success—a person ready to listen, inspire, help navigate challenges, and recognize opportunities.

Additionally, P2P mentors serve as a critical part of a student’s success team by serving as a proxy for your dedicated counselor and the CalWORKs program. Mentor Collective's online platform provides training and resources for student mentors and makes it easy for mentors and mentees to connect.

How It Works

How Are You Matched?

Students are matched with mentors based on common interests, background, academics, and professional aspirations. To get started, students and mentors register and complete an online survey to paint a holistic picture of their interests and experiences. From there, mentees and mentors are paired with a dedicated CalWORKs Counselor for enhanced case management.

Once matched, you two decide how you want to connect–by email, phone, text, or in-person–and how often you want to do so.

Students, your mentor will:

  • Assist you in connecting and communicating with your Counselor.
  • Help you navigate the college environment.
  • Balance the demands of college, parenting, and life.
  • Have similar interests, hobbies, and experiences as you.
  • Meet or video chat with you on a regular basis.
  • Encourage you to set goals and getting involved on campus.

How to Build a Connection with a Mentee/Mentor

If you are struggling with how to start the conversation, try using some of these questions below:

  • What are some of the ways you balance the demands of school, parenting, and socializing?
  • How can I set myself up for academic, social, and career success?
  • What are some of the ways CalWORKs can help me?
  • How do I get the most out of my experience at SCC and the CalWORKs program?

Program Expectations

  • Mentors and mentees are encouraged to communicate at least 2 to 4 times per month
  • Pairs can communicate more frequently depending on individual preferences.
  • Pairs can communicate in person, via text, Zoom, Slack, and/or phone.
  • All participants are given anonymous phone numbers for communication.

Program Goals

  • Foster a sense of belonging, connection, and feeling of community
  • Improve overall student support
  • Support students in actively pursue and achieve their academic and career goals
  • Recreate formal and informal communications between students, staff, and Counselors
  • Improve academic success by 20% (measured by GPA)
  • Make students aware of resources available to them on campus and in the community and encourage them to make use of those resources
  • Provide opportunities for students to build academic, social, and professional networks through seminars, events, co-curricular activities, and mentors

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