Students, Teachers, and Role models Influencing and Promoting Everyday Success
“How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world. How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution…how we can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness.” -Anne Frank
This intervention program will provide additional support to identified at-risks students through extra attention and encouragement. Participating adults (i.e. teachers, paraprofessionals, cooks, retired teachers, community volunteers, etc.) will make a pledge to take an interest in the student they are linked with frequently throughout the school year. They will build a positive relationship with the student and should offer support, encouragement, homework help, or look for other opportunities to make a connection and encourage student success.
Who Benefits from Mentoring?
Students benefit by………………….
- Receiving the support and guidance of a caring adult
- Receiving assistance with academics
- Experience greater self-esteem and motivation to succeed
- Receiving encouragement to do their best in school
- Receiving encouragement to avoid the use of drugs and alcohol
- Improving interpersonal relationships
Mentors benefit by…………………..
- Increasing their involvement in the community
- Recognizing they can make a difference by helping someone grow
- Making a new friend
- Gaining new experience and knowledge about youth and schools
Schools benefit by..............................
- Improving student performance
- Improving student behavior
- Improving student attendance
- Improving student retention
- Improving student relationships
- Improving student attitude
Examples of Opportunities for Connections
- Make a point to make contact with your student at least every 1-2 weeks.
- Find out what your student enjoys doing, hobbies, likes/dislikes, etc.
- Allow your student to help you in your classroom (if applicable).
- Take 10 minutes to read a book with your student.
- Check your student’s assignment sheet or homework status if necessary.
- Be available to listen to your student if he/she is having problems or needs help handing a problem.