South Orangetown Central School District

The #SOCSDMentorMonday Facebook campaign highlights community members who directly mentor students on a sustained, voluntary basis through our schools. Through their dedicated volunteerism, mentors offer students meaningful opportunities to explore interests and career pathways–and to develop real world job skills.

Tim Morales, Managing Partner of Synchronous – The Social Media Company, joined Tappan Zee High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition team, SO BOTZ, this year as a mentor for its communication subteam, which manages the team’s social media presence across multiple platforms. “I mentor because I can. Because it is needed more than ever in this world. Because giving back is always something I try to do,” says Tim. “Mentoring has a positive impact on students’ lives. They develop more self-confidence and self-esteem and are able to create big goals for themselves.”

“Tim has helped us learn about the different background aspects of social media, like how to take advantage of social media algorithms to gain followers and exposure,” explains communications lead Nick B. “Managing social media and learning to run a social media account is very important for potential careers. It has helped develop my interests in related areas, such as film, and enables me to use my skills in graphic design, video editing and film production. It’s great to be able to apply my hobbies to something that has a positive impact. Not only are we learning how to run a team social media account and gain exposure, but we’re also learning how to improve our own social media presence, which can help us with job searches.”

The #SOCSDMentorMonday campaign will extend throughout the spring. Interested in mentoring students in your field of expertise? Contact Family Engagement Center Coordinator AJ Walker at [email protected].

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