My Mentor @ School
Barbara A. Brunkan
“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”
The purpose of My Mentor @ School is to create a sustainable school-based mentoring program that fosters academic and social growth among students with greatest need.
My Mentor @ School is being developed by the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency with funding from a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Pilot implementation of the program is set to begin at five schools in the 2nd semester of the 2005-06 school year. Wider implementation will take place at the beginning of the 2006-07 school year.
The objectives of the program are:
- By spring of year three, 90% of mentor/mentee matches will be sustained for at least one year.
- By spring of year three, 80% of mentored students will have improved their achievement in reading and math as measured by the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS).
- By spring of year three, 80% of mentored students will have improved attendance as measured by school attendance records.
The mentoring program will match highly-trained community volunteer mentors with students who are at risk of academic failure, involved in mild to moderate delinquent behavior or who lack positive role models. Mentors will be matched with students in a one-on-one relationship that will last at least one school year. Mentor/mentee meetings will take place once a week either during the school day or in a structured after-school program.
The mentors will not be tutors. They will focus on developing a strong interpersonal relationship with the student to foster connection to school and community and to further develop the student’s social/emotional skills. Some portion of their visits may be spent on academic issues, assistance with classroom work/homework or career awareness. Research shows that the development of a strong mentor/mentee bond is the most important factor in contributing to the desired outcomes of the mentoring program. However, there will be an academic coach available as part of the grant project to work with mentors and teachers on specific students academic needs once a lhumenikstrong mentor/mentee relationship has been established.
For more information, please contact:
Barb Brunkan, Mentoring Grant Project Leader (563)344-6563 firstname.lastname@example.org