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Essence

The Essence program is available to all students in our seven member districts in middle and high school. While enrollment

is inclusive, targeted population are students who have been identified by their respective school of needing extra mentorship support for both staying in school and improving their school experience.


We meet with students twice monthly, during the school year, at their school and virtually, to work on curriculum which focuses on four constructs: 

  • Expectations
  • Aspirations
  • Opportunities
  • Achievement


Students have the opportunity to participate in out-of-school

educational experiences during the school year with other

students from across the collaborative.  


Field trip experiences include:

  • Service learning - giving back to our community
  • Base Camp - leadership skill building
  • College and Career Conferences 
  • College Visits


If you have any questions about the Essence Mentorship Program,

contact Nneka Onah at 763-450-1336 or at nonah@nws.k12.mn.us.