StudentSpeak is pleased to share this guest post by Ben Houser, MS3. Ben participated as a mentor in the MIKE program through an elective course open to MS1 and MS2 students.
“One of the students in your group was involved in a fight and was expelled yesterday, so she won’t be able to attend today.”
I was shocked. The young woman they had described had seemed so energetic and without malice, I couldn’t imagine her getting into any trouble at school, least of all anything that would warrant her expulsion. I thanked the messenger and entered the classroom to meet the remaining members of my group.
I was a mentor for the Multicultural Integrated Kidney Education (MIKE) Program. MIKE is a program that matches mentors with a group of high school students for a health class centered on kidney education. The classes utilize small groups and interactive activities to teach this group of at-risk students about the role of the kidney in health, culminating in a health leadership project in which the group attempts to pass on their new-found knowledge to the community in a constructive manner.
The remaining members of my group were seated at the table, and after seeing me they quickly shuffled the bag of Cheetos they had been eating into one of their backpacks, quietly snickering to one another as I sat down. Choosing to ignore for now this rebellion against the health class in which they were enrolled, I asked them how their week had been.