By Sarah Thompson
Eller Finance ’13
The Delta Sig students wanted to develop a community service project of their own, and the idea to help in the professional development of high school students got traction. Explained president Catherine Leslie (BSBA MIS and Entrepreneurship ’13), “Our chapter has really enjoyed working with Junior Achievement in the past, so we knew we wanted to do something that incorporated teaching students in a classroom setting. After discussing it with Marana High School, we knew it would be a great match.”
Every other Friday, Delta Sig members go to Marana High School and work with students taking the advanced business marketing class. Each workshop has a specific theme, such as the college search/application process, entrepreneurial ventures, interviews, resume and cover letter development, and mock interviews.
In addition to offering classroom mentorship, the Delta Sig members invited the Marana High School students to volunteer at the annual Eller College Make a Difference Day, giving them an opportunity to network outside the classroom.
“The mentoring program has been a great experience,” said Delta Sig member Michael Jacobs (BSBA Business Management ’14). “It was awesome to see passion for entrepreneurship at such a young age. The students were extremely eager to learn.”
Next semester, Delta Sig plans to take the program one step further by setting up one-on-one mentoring sessions between members and high school students. “Our goal to inspire high school seniors to keep moving forward with their education,” said Jacobs.