UOS has worked on various programs that can contribute to the local community, including a mentoring program. The mentoring program is where UOS students go to nearby middle and high schools and assist each school’s autonomous programs, by being a study guide or doing extracurricular activities.
The mentoring program selects a certain number of students who qualify for the grade criteria as of March. The program is conducted in various schools like Hwikyung girls’ high school, Dongdaemun middle school and so on. UOS students go to these schools and help younger students learn their lacking studies during their given time. Students who participate in the program get paid a little and get their volunteer experience certified. The program period differs in schools; some last one semester, the others last one year.
The program is mainly designed for students from low-income families. Therefore, the education gap between classes is expected to become narrow through this program.
Kang Seok-won (School of Computer Science, ’09), a UOS student who participated in this program said, “I was very happy as I saw my students’ grades go up.” Also, other than teaching, he had many chances to talk with his students and give them advice, which made him feel like he has really become a mentor.