North Students Training for Adult Roles (NorthSTAR) is a mentoring program developed from a partnership between Mutual of Omaha’s Information Services operation and Omaha North High School.
NorthSTAR pairs Omaha North High School students with mentors from Mutual of Omaha who allow students to see the “working world” firsthand. It also helps them learn about various career fields while successfully working toward their future career. Through monthly group activities centered around business, secondary education, community service and social events, mentors have the opportunity to present students with a variety of options for their future.
All Omaha North High School students are eligible for the NorthSTAR Mentoring Program. Current NorthSTAR students or the school’s sponsors typically invite those interested in the program to a recruitment breakfast. Interested students must also complete an application. They are selected after a review of the application and recommendation from the North High School sponsors.
NorthSTAR is a one to three year mentoring program where the students are paired with mentors from Mutual of Omaha. During this time, students have the opportunity to visit local businesses in a variety of career fields to expand their knowledge and help them make a decision on what to study in college. NorthSTAR also schedules social events, community service projects and one college campus visit each year.
Why Should I Apply?
NorthSTAR is a great program for students interested in learning more about potential career paths and Mutual of Omaha. NorthSTAR students have the potential to receive one of two $500 scholarships awarded yearly (applicable toward any major for the first year of college). To renew the scholarship for subsequent years, the student must be majoring or minoring in an Information Technology related field.
When Do I Enroll?
Recruitment for the NorthSTAR Mentor Program begins in March with an informational breakfast and application process. From there, the mentors and Omaha North High School staff review applications to determine the best candidates.