Mentoring Month Spotlight: Student Success Coach and Guild HighView Program Ambassador Linnea Rudeen
Guild partners with Denver-based HighView, a mentoring program for high school students focused on after school empowerment and career development.
In honor of National Mentoring Month, Student Success Coach and Guild HighView Program Ambassador Linnea Rudeen shared more about our relationship with HighView and her thoughts on how mentoring can have a lasting impact on both mentors and mentees.
Can you describe the partnership Guild has with HighView and a little more about the organization?
Guild’s partnership with HighView launched in January 2020 as a pilot program, and we have been incredibly excited to get it off the ground. HighView is a new organization here in Denver focused on after school empowerment and career development; high schoolers who are accepted into the program spend one day a week at a local business (i.e. Guild!) for mentorship, career exposure, and to have a quiet space to work on their homework.
Our career presentation series here at Guild has included representatives from our sales, client services, and product teams, and up next we will be highlighting engineering, research and data science. Additionally, we have a wonderful group of employees serving as mentors who support students with their college applications, finding summer internships or job opportunities, and much, much more.
While the pandemic has required us to switch to fully virtual programming, we are looking forward to being back in person as soon as it’s safe!
How would you describe the benefits of mentoring for both Guild employees and HighView student participants?
Mentoring can create a powerful space to reflect on where you are, where you want to be, and how you might get there. Also, having a mentor means always knowing you have someone in your corner, cheering you on, pushing you to reach for even bigger dreams, and ready to support you through any challenge you may face.
What has led you to be passionate about mentoring and to volunteer to lead Guild’s partnership with HighView?
My background is as a math teacher and vice principal in K12 schools and it is my time working with young people that has made me deeply passionate about mentoring. While gaining exposure to different possibilities or perspectives can be beneficial at any age, it can be absolutely life-changing for teenagers.
What has your own mentoring experience been like over the course of your career?
Earlier in my career, my most impactful mentors helped me identify my strengths and seek out opportunities for growth. They pushed me to think differently about what I might be capable of, what mattered most to me, and how I might have an impact. We’re hoping to accomplish some of these same goals with our mentoring work with students through HighView.
For more information on HighView, please visit their website.
In addition to company-wide opportunities to give back to the community through service and giving, Guild Education provides up to five days off for employees for civic and community engagement as a part of our suite of benefits. To learn more about us and see open roles, please visit our careers page.
Mentoring can create a powerful space to reflect on where you are, where you want to be, and how you might get there. Also, having a mentor means always knowing you have someone in your corner cheering you on.