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2019 Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience


Mentor Collective had a blast learning at the FYE conference in Las Vegas. Sessions and conversations focused on the need for new strategies to support Generation Z. Here were MC’s top 5 takeaways:

  1. As the first generation to grow up with smartphones, schools often hear students ask for on-demand support like mentorship.

  2. Gen Z expects convenient and meaningful relationships both via text and face to face. 

  3. They want physical proximity with global interaction. Groups of students are often seen huddled together and buried in their devices.

  4. These findings confirm and inform our approach to what mentorship design should look like for today's Gen Z students.

  5. Mentorship should be personalized and allow each student to connect with the flexibility and frequency they want.