Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tarrant County announces the mentor2.0 Barrett Havran Legacy Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tarrant County has expanded The Barrett Martin Havran Little Steps Big Futures Program to include high school students. This program is an innovative, technology-based mentoring program, which will bear the name mentor2.0, Barrett Havran Legacy Program.
The program empowers students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. Throughout high school, students are paired with a college-educated mentor. The match corresponds weekly through guided, curriculum-based writing prompts designed to help students cultivate their post-high school plans. These weekly communications are supplemented by monthly in-person events that provide opportunities to interact, develop relationships, and apply the curriculum to real-life scenarios.
mentor2.0 Barrett Havran Legacy Program is a research-based curriculum that guides interaction and utilizes interactive, technology-based lessons on goal setting, educational attainment, college application, financial aid, career exploration and more. The curriculum also focuses on non-cognitive competencies such as social capital skills, utilizing a growth mindset, critical thinking skills, and self-advocacy. The goal of mentor2.0 Barrett Havran Legacy Program, is that each student graduates high school with a plan for post-secondary success that best fits their aspirations, whether that means college, technical school, the military or full-time employment.
The mentor2.0 Barrett Havran Legacy Program, was established by the family of Barrett Havran. Barrett tragically lost his life in 2011. He strongly believed in the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission, that children are given the opportunity to realize their true potential and achieve life-long success, with the impact of a positive mentor.
Barrett was a Big Brothers Big Sisters Board Member and a Big Brother in the program. Upon graduating Fort Worth County Day School, Barrett earned a track scholarship to The University of Texas at Austin. He is a graduate of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and SMU Law School, Barrett was a gifted scholar, attorney, and athlete.
As a young professional, Barrett practiced law and taught Mock Trial courses at both SMU and Texas A&M School of Law. He was an active member of the Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, where he was elected to its Leadership Class and Foundation. Barrett was an Associate Member of the Higginbotham American Inn of Court and a member of the United Way Income Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tarrant County Board of Directors, Downtown Fort Worth Rotary Club, Steeplechase Club, Leadership Fort Worth, University Christian Church and UT’s Ex Letterman’s Club. Barrett’s final honor was his posthumous selection to the Fort Worth Business Press “Forty under Forty” Class of 2011.
The mentor2.0 Barrett Havran Legacy Program is currently offered to students at Grapevine-Colleyville’s Collegiate Academy and Fort Worth ISDs’ Young Women’s Leadership Academy. If you would like to learn more or volunteer, please visit our website HERE.
View article in Fort Worth Business Press HERE.