South Orangetown Central School District

Throughout the spring, the #SOCSDMentorMonday Facebook campaign has highlighted 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.

Since Global Equipment Network President and Tappan Zee High School alumnus (‘87) Jarrod Esposito joined the mentor team for the school’s FIRST Robotics Competition team, SO BOTZ, this year, he has been a go-to resource for several key construction projects, including the team’s new competition pit. On weeknights and Saturdays throughout the season, Jarrod could be found working with members in the wood shop, makerspace…wherever work needed to be done. “It’s a great way to give back to the school and to share my knowledge and expertise,” he notes. “It’s exciting to see how many kids are involved in the program that are interested in engineering.”

“Jarrod helped me learn how to use the drill press, belt sander and a lot of the tools in the shop downstairs. We worked on robot bumpers, the battery cart, field elements and pit design,” says junior Billy G., the team’s Pit Design Lead. “I want to be a civil engineer and design cool things.”

And that’s a wrap for our #SOCSDMentorMonday series! It’s been a blast highlighting community members who directly mentor SOCSD students on a sustained, voluntary basis through our schools and we hope to have new mentors to feature next spring. Thank you to all the outstanding mentors who give so generously of their time to help our students explore their interests and develop valuable career and life skills: You are an inspiration!

Interested in mentoring students in your field of expertise? Contact Family Engagement Center Coordinator AJ Walker at [email protected].

Mentor Jarrod Esposito with arm around student mentee Billy G.