After its second successful year, the Mentorship Program has become an essential element in the support the Foundation offers our awardees.
The program pairs college freshmen with peer mentors to help them navigate the challenges that college presents, particularly for students with learning differences. Mentors are current or former Morelli Foundation scholarship recipients, either upperclassmen or recent graduates, who are hand-picked by us and trained by our partner, SuperPower Consulting, to equip mentees with the skills they need to confidently succeed in all aspects of their lives. One of this year’s mentees, a pre-med student, whose interest in medicine was piqued after suffering a traumatic brain injury, found the rigors of a pre-med curriculum extremely challenging, but thanks to his, “super-awesome,” mentor who, “helped so much,” this student was able to get the accommodations he needed, learned how to effectively talk to professors and to manage challenging social situations. In his words, the Morelli Mentorship program is, “Amazing, and people should take advantage of it.”
In an effort to continually improve the mentorship program, this year there will be additional focus placed on the needs of the mentors. Since most of our mentors are still college students, they sometimes need guidance and support, so Jake Sussman, CEO of SuperPower Consulting has revamped the program so that the mentors will have more ongoing contact with each other as well as with Jake himself.
We are very excited to be adding this component to the program and look forward to positively impacting our mentees and mentors in the 2022-23 academic year.
Meet some of our Mentorship Participants
Meet Jake Sussman, Founder of Superpower Consulting
Jake Sussman is the CEO & Founder of Superpower Consulting. He facilitates conversations across the U.S. offering communication strategies to support the unique and powerful potential of the learning differences community. Jake partners with the Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation to provide mentorship support to Morelli Scholarship awardees.