LOT Mentoring


Welcome to the 2017 LOT Program

MollyWelcome to the 2017 Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Program, formerly known as CASH. We extend warm greetings to all the students and mentors and parents who will join us this year.  We also extend an open invitation to all school administrators, community and corporate partners to visit our wonderful program.

This year we begin our 24th year of the LOT Program. We are coming off an exciting 2016 year. Our nationally recognized program is known in other cities as Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) and New York was the beginning for this high school mentoring program 24 years ago.  We are very proud of the hundreds of young women and men who have graduated from this incredible mentoring program and have gone on to accomplish great things in life. Moreover, it is an honor to acknowledge the backbone of this program—our volunteer mentors and partners who have supported us throughout the years.

The LOT Program is focused on inspiring visionaries and harnessing the talent necessary to develop well-rounded and undoubtedly great thinkers who are prepared for the challenges of the 21st century global workforce.

On January 6, 2017, we embark upon the start of our 24th season and our motto this year is “Challenge yourself to be great”.  Registration begins December 22, 2016 and will remain open until January 4, 2017. We will have a mandatory parent meeting on January 6, 2017, which is also the official start of the program. Please join us in helping to prepare this year’s high school students to accomplish the sole and very important mission of this mentoring program. To College and Beyond!

Thank you,

Molly Creese

Program Director


The sole mission of the C.A.S.H Program is to provide African-American high school students with awareness, education and information of the economic, financial and social advantages of graduating from high school and matriculating through college. It provides access to business professionals and resources to help the youth in our community in several aspects of their life from choosing the right college and career to living their lives financially independent. This program gives the students a competitive advantage to be able to soundly compete in today’s and tomorrow’s intertwined global economy.

All workshops are from 6:00pm – 8:00pm; date and/or location are subject to change with advanced notice. All sessions will be held at Columbia University's Business School at Uris Hall located at 117th and Broadway. Take the 1 train to the campus.

For additional information about the program please click the individual links below.

Document Title Description File
2016 C.A.S.H. Schedule This is the 2016 C.A.S.H schedule. Please review this document every week as it is subject to change. Cash schedule
2016 C.A.S.H. Presentation This document provides a program overview of the C.A.S.H. Program including the history and mission of the program, program affiliates, session descriptions and sample of student awards. cashpres
2016 C.A.S.H FAQs Get all your questions about the C.A.S.H. Program answered here. cashfaq
2016 C.A.S.H. Student Flyer This flyer provides general information for students interested in joining the program. studflyer
2016 C.A.S.H. Mentor Flyer This flyer provides general information for professionals interested in becoming a mentor or program assistant for the program. MentorFlyer
2016 Session Documents

Session 1: Introduction and Choosing the Right College - Friday, January 08, 2016

Document Title Description File
Choosing Your School This is a worksheet to help the students think about career choices and the majors they need to consider taking in college to get there. It asks students to think about things like cost of tuition, grade requirements, public vs. private institution and in-state vs. out-of-state schools. chooseschool
Preparing For College This is a document that shows how a student's interests relate to their academic and career choices. It also asks students what they need to do before, during and after college to prepare for their career choice. collprep
College Planning by High School Year This document serves as a guide to help students understand that they need to be doing specific college preparation each year that they are in high school. From their freshman year, where it is never too early to plan; to their senior year where they are making their college choice, it is important to be prepared to make important decisions each year that will impact their going to college. colplan


Session 2: How to Pay for College (FAFSA, Scholarships, Internships, and more) - Friday, January 15, 2016

Document Title Description File
The Real Deal About Paying for College This presentation was used during the session to provide students and parents with "real life" examples and options for paying for college. A list of critical questions were presented to consider along with a number of online resources. finlit1
FAFSA How To Guide This document provides a step-by-step introduction and explanation of how the Free Application for Federal Student Aid process works. stockgame
FAFSA Deadlines This document was reviewed during the session and shows the deadlines for submitting FAFSA forms state-by-state for the 2014-2015 school year. industrylist


Session 3: Academic Integrity - Friday, January 22, 2016

Document Title Description File
What is Plagiarism This document outlines in detail the meaning of Plagiarism and gives clear understanding using examples finlit1
Ten Golden Rules of Academic Integrity Different colleges and universities live by regulations relating to academic integrity. In this document you will find 10 rules that is specific to this topic finlit1
Avoiding Plagiarism

This document gives guidelines to students on how to avoid Plagiarism when writing a paper

Test your understanding of Academic Integrity This is a quiz to test student knowledge on what they have learned about Academic Integrity. finlit1​​


Session 4: College Essay Writing, Resume Writing, and Interview Skills - Friday, January 29, 2016

Document Title Description File
Development of the College Essay This Power-point document outlines different aspects of a college essay, the purpose and what university admissions look for finlit1
Essay Contest Grading Sheet This sheet shows what students would be graded on for C.A.S.H Essay Competition finlit1
Guide to Writing a Basic Essay

This document takes you on a tour, with step by step instructions on how to construct an essay.



Session 5: Think Like A Winner (Motivation Session) - February 5, 2016

In this session, we had a motivational speaker which came in and got the students fired up! This included an interactive presentation, student presentations, book signing, and many more.


Session 6: Using Microsoft Office - February 12, 2016

Document Title Description File
Bronx Zoo Cobra MS Excel Exercise This is the document used during the session for students to practice using Microsoft Excel. finlit1
Bronx Zoo Cobra MS Word Exercise This is the document used during the session for students to practice using Microsoft Word. finlit1
Bronx Zoo Cobra MS PowerPoint Exercise

This is the document used during the session for students to practice using Microsoft PowerPoint.instructions on how to construct an essay.



Session 7: Negotiation Skills - February 26, 2016

Document Title Description File
Negotiation Styles Chart This one page chart shows different negotiation styles based on one’s concern for themselves versus concern for the relationship. finlit1
Negotiation Skills Supporting Information This document shows students tips and strategies for engaging in negotiations with other parties. finlit1
Conflict Resolution Style This document analyzes 5 styles for conflict resolution. finlit1
Negotiation Skills Exercises This document has 5 exercises that student teams used during the session to practice employing negotiation skills. finlit1


Session 8: Etiquette - March 4, 2016

Document Title Description File
Dining Etiquette Quiz This quiz was used in the session to test the students’ knowledge of proper dining etiquette. finlit1
Business Etiquette Handshakes This document shows components of a good handshake, the importance of having a good handshake and shows common handshakes. finlit1
Dining Etiquette 101

A graphic that shows the proper table setting for dining etiquette.

Intro to Business Etiquette A detailed presentation that shows various components of business etiquette for students to learn to be successful including dining etiquette, communications, greetings, etc. finlit1
Care, Converse, Communicate This lesson plan shows why communication is important and shows the skills needed to be successful. It demonstrates the importance for young adults to understand how to comport themselves in public settings. The end of the document contains a quiz for students. finlit1
Carrying Yourself with Dignity

This lesson plan shows students the importance of sitting properly with power and confidence; how to maintain good posture and how to walk while commanding dignity and respect.



Session 9: Financial Literacy (Stock Game Launch) - March 11, 2016

Document Title Description File
Financial Literacy – Managing Your Monthly Budget This is a detailed MS Excel spreadsheet that students and their families can use to manage a budget. It contains very detailed categories to help students understand how to manage their revenue and expenses for financial independence. finlit1
Wants vs. Needs This is a 1 page worksheet with two columns, Wants and Needs. During this exercise, students were tasked to track everything they spend money on then decide which column to place the amount. Discussions were had amongst the larger group to determine true Wants and Needs. finlit1
Simple Student Budget

This is a non-detailed document that highlights simple ways for students to manage their money while going to college.

Student Expense Scenarios This was an exercise used during the session where students were given various scenarios of different families with different income and expense levels. Students were asked to create a monthly budget for the family given that specific scenario. finlit1
Financial Literacy 3 – Understanding Credit This presentation educates students on how the credit process works. It discusses the importance of knowing your credit score and also discusses how to protect it. It also educates on credit card usage. finlit1
Financial Literacy 4 – Saving and Investing

This document compares saving with investing. It discusses reasons to save; places to save; places to invest; the importance of understanding interest rates; and setting financial goals.

8 Habits

This document shows habits on how students can balance their earning, spending, saving and investing.

Ana vs. Shawn Savings Exercise This exercise was used during the session to show the importance of starting to save and invest at an early age compared to waiting until later in life to do so. finlit1
Where to Invest Exercise This exercise asked groups of students to choose different options for investing money over the course of a number of years. They are asked to choose between a basic savings account, a certificate of deposit or the stock market in order to see where the most money is made given various market conditions and over time. finlit1
Credit Card Exercise

This exercise shows students multiple credit cards and helps them understand important things to consider before deciding to get a credit card once they become an adult. Credit cards are often the primary debt that people get without considering the ramifications of such debt.



Click on the following links to access the respective web pages for the resources below.



Summer Programs

Registration is now open for 2017

These forms are for the LOT Mentor Program 2017 registration cycle.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Form

This form must be printed out, signed by the parent(s)/guardian(s), and brought to the first meeting.

Document Title Description File
General Release This form is required of all students who register for the program. This is to be signed by the student's parent or legal guardian and gives permission for the organization to print the student's name and post pictures in any media or marketing material related to the program. General Release

Apply to Be A Mentee

Mentee Form

Volunteer to Be A Mentor

Mentor Form

Please review the following requirements and expectations for everyone involved in the C.A.S.H. Program. All parties should ONLY consider joining the program if they are able to meet ALL of the requirements of their particular group.

Student Requirements
  • Attend all 18 sessions or the majority of them
  • Participate each week by providing input at the sessions
  • Obey rules of the program
  • Respect other students of the program
  • Take plenty of notes from mentors and guest speakers
  • Be a good team player, help your team members
  • Be willing to put in the work that the program requires
  • Bring your A-Game as this is a very competitive program
  • Have a serious commitment toward preparing yourself for college
  • Engage in public presentations to the entire audience
  • Utilize the Chapter’s website weekly to find program resources
Mentor Requirements
  • Attend the sessions that you commit to whether it’s the part-time or full-time schedule
  • Facilitate the weekly sessions but let your team of students take the lead
  • Administer the rules of the program with students
  • Be prepared each week by reviewing the Mentor Resource documents for each week’s sessions
  • Have a team contact strategy to communicate with students throughout the program(CRITICAL)
  • Be a good team player, communicate with your fellow team mentors
  • Be willing to put in additional hours with your team outside of the regular Friday meetings (in particular near the end of the program)
  • Bring your A-Game because the students are watching you
  • Have a passion about helping our youth prepare themselves for college and beyond
Parent Requirements
  • Attend a minimum of 2 of the 18 sessions in order for the student to graduate. We recommend the following:
    • “HowTo Pay For College” and/or
    • “FinancialLiteracy II” and/or
    • “TheCommunity Service Event” and/or “Case Competition Presentation Day”
  • Help spread the word about the program to other parents through PTA, school,community organizations, work, etc.
  • Participation parent discussions as the students are in sessions with their teams and mentors
  • Encourage your child to complete the entire program (January through June)
  • Review the program website for resources such as scholarship information<
  • Provide suggestions on how to improve the program
  • Complete the General Release form
Program Assistant Requirements
  • Attend the sessions that you commit to whether it’s the part-time or full-time schedule
  • Assist Program Director with administering the running of the program
  • Help to hold students accountable for results
  • Help communicate with students, mentors and parents and partners about program events
  • Help mentors to contact students throughout the program year
  • Assist with picture-taking and video capture throughout the program
  • Be a good team player, communicate with everyone in the program
  • Be willing to put in additional hours with “behind-the-scenes” tasks + toward end of program
  • Have a passion about helping our youth prepare themselves for college and beyond