E-Mentors: creating professional communicators one email at a time
April 15, 2014 by Blandin Foundation
Dear Mr. Future Boss,
Thx 4 the email. im excited for this gr8 opportunity and can’t wait 2 meet u.
Lower case i, numbers in place of words (4/for), and unidentified acronyms (TTYL) – these are only a few of the common grammar gaffes found in emails from today’s youth.
Teens modify language to fit the style and culture of their online social spaces. And with digital tools swallowing up 6-8 hours of the average teenager’s day, it’s no surprise that social lingo seeps into more professional forms of communication, like email.
Research shows that teachers develop positive or negative perceptions based on the how well students communicate via email. Likewise, grammar usage is linked to career advancement, or lack thereof, according to a 2013 Grammarly study.
So who will be the career climbers? Well, Bigf0rk High School students for one.
Why? Because they’re testing out their professional communication skills through a digital relationship with Blandin Foundation staffers. Say goodbye to im’s, lol’s and gr8’s!
Linked through BestPrep‘s E-Mentors program, 21 Blandin Foundation staff members will spend seven weeks emailing back and forth with Bigfork students to fine tune their writing skills and discuss plans for linking education to their future careers.
Last week, mentors and mentees met in-person for the first time (there are two in-person meetings during the seven weeks). Bigfork students toured Blandin Foundation offices and heard how their mentor’s education and life experiences outfitted them with the skills necessary to land, and perform well in, their jobs.
Judging by the laughter reverberating throughout the building, staff mentors are excited to support students as they envision what a successful future looks like and perfect the skills it will take to reach out and grab it!
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