Orange Plaza Rotary Announces Mentor Meals Plus – Year 2!

Orange Plaza Rotary is pleased to announce that it will continue the Mentor Meals Plus program at El Modena High School during the 2014-2015 academic year.  Funding for the program is made possible by a District grant from Rotary District 5320.

The recently completed first year of the Mentor Meals Plus Project partnered Orange Plaza Rotary with the Collaborative Technology Program (CTP) at El Modena High School (Orange, CA) to connect students with business and community mentors. Four Rotary meetings (from October, 2013 through April, 2014) were held at the high school where Rotarians dined with, interacted with, and mentored a group of at-risk high school juniors (26).

Each evening had a focus topic (career decisions, service to others, overcoming obstacles, and ethical decision-making) and included a brief guest speaker presentation. Table assignments matched one Rotarian mentor, one El Modena alumni mentor, and six CTP students. Table discussions were encouraged through ice-breakers and talking points.

Additionally, Orange Plaza Rotarians served as judges for senior (25) end-of-year presentations. Orange Plaza also awarded $1,500 to students committed to furthering their education after high school.

The first meal of the new year will be held in October.  Business and community leaders in the City of Orange are encouraged to attend the orientation and mentor training on September 24th at 5:30 p.m. at Ruby’s Streamliner Lounge in Old Towne Orange.

2014 – 2015 SCHEDULE

  • Mentor Training  –   September 24, 2014
  • Mentor Meal # 1  –  October 15, 2014
  • Mentor Meal # 2  –  November 19, 2014
  • Senior Planning Meal  –  January 28, 2015
  • Mentor Meal # 3  –   February 18, 2015
  • Mentor Meal # 4  –   March 18, 2015
  • Project Debriefing  – TBA

Judging senior projects will be on a sign up basis.  Panels will be scheduled on May 19, 20 & 21 and/or May 26, 27 & 28.

Mentor Meals are held in the library at El Modena High School at 3920 Spring Street from 5:30 to 7:00.