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Eight Waves  Highschool Mentoring Program seeks to help children and youth from challenging and vulnerable circumstances, develop the assets necessary  to make healthy life choices, set realistic goals, and act with determination. 

Thank you for everything you all put into us and thank you for the words of encouragement

9th grade WOHS student

Program Overview

The Eight Waves High School Lunch Mentorship Program serves over fifty children at West Orange High School. Our program is designed to help students who live in households with incomes well below the level of poverty, and who are struggling academically, socially, and even may struggle with peer relationships. Food insecurity is a major challenge for these students, which is why the lunch meals provided are an integral part of the program. Students cannot learn if they are hungry and providing them with adequate nutrition is critical to their academic success.


Our goal is to continue making a positive impact in the lives of these students, and we could not do it without our volunteer mentors.

WOHS meets Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:00-12:30.

E-mail for more information or to sign up

What to expect


Being a mentor is being a positive role model for a child, who needs and wants one, possibly because

  • Guardians, due to various circumstances, are unable to dedicate as much time as needed

  • There is a desire to confide in an adult other than their immediate family

  • There is a need for a youth to have a consistent adult in their life


Mentoring is about being developmental not prescriptive. Prescriptive mentorship is when the mentor emphasizes their own goals and/or setting expectations for a mentee that are often not met. Developmental mentorship is when goals and expectations are based on the needs of the student.


Your weekly visit with your mentee may include activities such as a goal setting, attending a sporting event, job/career exploration conversations, helping with schoolwork or just talking about what is going on in the mentee’s life.

Next Steps

  1. ADDitions background screening:

  2. Time Commitment: Lunch program meets Tuesdays & Fridays, 11:00am-12:30pm at West Orange HS.
    We ask that you commit to one or both days for the entire school year.

  3. Have Fun!

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Thank you for being here and talking to us and letting us be ourselves

10th grade WOHS student

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