Everyone has a passion hidden within themselves — why not start uncovering it early? Unbeknown to many, hidden passions could potentially be life-changing, but what if one doesn’t have the chance or resources need for it to come into fruition?
Kismet is a mentorship program that enables kids in under-resourced schools to explore their possible interests. By exposing kids to a wide range of activities and extracurriculars, we hope to enable kids to identify and pursue their passion. Especially in their formative years, identifying a passion(s) at a young age is extremely useful. Viewing the rest of their life through the lens of their interests allows them to consciously pursue their interest, ultimately leading to more success in a field they’re actually passionate about.
We chose students from SHC’s partner school, De Marillac Academy, for our initial program test. With offerings limited to a single sport and arts course, their kids could greatly benefit from being exposed to a wider berth of extracurriculars.
Kids connect better with people their age which is why we utilize skilled high school mentors who share similar interests with their mentees. To ensure that the mentor will form a strong bond with the mentee, the high schoolers will regularly meet with their assigned mentee.
By exposing under-resourced students to a wide array of possible pathways into different fields, we hope to give kids a head start into pursuing a potentially transformative, life-long passion.