• True2U

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    What is True2U?

    True2U is a volunteer mentoring program that helps Cleveland Metropolitan School District eighth graders explore their true selves and prepare to make the most of high school as the first step on the path to college and career readiness.

    How does it work?

    Volunteer mentors meet with groups of 8th  grade students (from all 62, K-8 buildings) once a month, during the school day, for about an hour.  Using interactive discussion-based activities, mentors and students work together to help students:

    • Find their strengths
    • Explore their interests and career pathways.
    • Check out their high school options from 30+ in the CMSD portfolio.
    • Reflect on and embrace their core values.
    • Build a personal brand based on their values and 
    • Accept and celebrate who they are. . .


    True2U 2020-2021 Program Activity Calendar

    Date/True2U Week
    Program Kickoff
    Friday, December 4
    Live Event
    True2U Mentor/ Teacher Conferences
    Wednesday, December 9
    TBD by School
    (1hr max)
    School Choice & Say Yes Rally
    Wednesday, December 16
    True2U Program Sessions*
      -- Session 1: Me & My Decisions
    January 11- 15
    8:30am – 3:00pm
      -- Session 2: Careers
    January 25-29
    8:30am – 3:00pm
      -- Session 3: My Strengths
    February 8-12
    8:30am – 3:00pm
      -- Session 4: Who I Want to Be
    March 15-19
    8:30am – 3:00pm
      -- Session 5: Visions & Reflections
    April 12-16
    8:30am – 3:00pm
    Out of School Experience
    March 1-May 21
    TBD by schools
    Various NE Ohio Organizations
    and Colleges Virtual Activity
    Culminating Event
    Thursday, May 6
    Live Event




    For the 2020-2021 Virtual True2U Program Year:

    • All Virtual School Sessions are 50 minutes.
    • Session start and end times are determined by each school.
    • There will be True2U Weeks vs. Days. Virtual sessions will take place on each school’s selected day during these weeks.
    • School/class selected session day with time will remain consistent for each month’s True2U week.

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  • High School Choice Roadmap - Spanish
  • Criteria School Application


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