We did it.
578 Communications and Mentorship Academy’s “Thankful for Mentors” event happened on Nov. 21 after months of planning. It was a busy day for the ladies of 578, but we are so pleased with the outcome of the event. Mentorship Academy’s cafeteria was filled with people interested in learning more about mentoring and how it is important to this school.
Madison Hentze, strategy director for 578, started the event off by introducing the student-run PR firm, and talking about what we were doing for Mentorship Academy. She did such a great job representing our firm and showing the audience why we are all so passionate about working with this unique nonprofit.
After Hentze spoke, Dr. Graysen Walles, executive director of the school, graced the crowd with his interesting story of how mentoring shaped his life. It was the same inspiring speech that made 578 Communications want to work with him in the first place. Dr. Walles emphasized to the crowd how important mentoring was to his life, and how he wouldn’t be standing where he was today without the guidance of the adults that shaped his future.
Mentorship Academy is such a different school than others in Baton Rouge, and we thought it was important for the potential mentors to see that. After Dr. Walles spoke, select seniors of the school gave tours of each floor. The attendees were able to physically see how Mentorship Academy strives to provide their students with a quality education, and we hope that these people will want to join the cause by mentoring a student.
Now that the event is over, 578 Communications is working on the “evaluation” and “stewardship” aspect of the R.O.P.E.S. process. Although we don’t yet know if we have reached our goal of 30 mentors, we do believe that we have made the Baton Rouge community more aware of the school and why mentoring is important. For stewardship, we sent a thank you email to each of the attendees of the event, and we will encourage Dr. Walles to continue this contact with the potential mentors.
I think I speak for all of 578 Communications and all of the campaigns class when I say that we learned so much during our last semester of college. It is so different practicing public relations with a real client rather than just learning about the process through lecture. Dr. Jensen Moore was such a great professor, and I will definitely take what I learned in this class and apply it to any career in the future.
578 Communications sums up our semester with this video, and we hope you enjoy hearing what we all took away from our capstone class.
So, for 578 Communications, it’s Presley Brouillette signing off for the last time. Geaux Tigers and Love Purple, Live Gold!