Friars in the House: Mentor Shares a Meal and Real-World Skills Development with Students
De Porres House Mentor Ron Steiner has gone the extra mile to get to know his mentor group. Last fall, Mr. Steiner invited the students in his group for an individual get-to-know-you meal on campus. The majority of his mentor group took him up on the offer. Mr. Steiner and the mentees enjoyed either a BL breakfast or lunch, as well as the opportunity to learn more about each other.
Over the meal, Mr. Steiner asked each student what one non-academic thing they’d like to do during mentor group time. The answers were varied, and they were practical. Students wanted to learn how to change a tire, rudimentary cooking skills and personal finance basics.
Mr. Steiner has already incorporated the student suggestions into his mentor group time by holding a talk on credit basics using financing a car as an example. Once the weather warms up, Mr. Steiner is planning to teach his group how to change a tire. While he doesn’t rate his cooking skills too highly, he said he can handle the basics. We’ll have to see what the group cooks up next!
Implementing a house system at Bishop Lynch High School was a big, bold move to improve pastoral care, mentorship and student leadership opportunities. Now that the BL House System is underway, it’s time to check in on the progress and hear from deans, mentors, student leaders, and students.
This weekly series provides a glimpse into all the ways – big and small – that students, and even staffulty, are being positively affected by the new BL House System. It will also address plans for growth and refinement during year one.
Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. - Founded in 1963