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4J Middle School Mentor Program
January 3 @ 8:00 am - February 28 @ 5:00 pm
What is the Middle School Mentor Program?
Volunteers from the community are paired with middle school students who have been referred to the program. Once a week, volunteer mentors visit their student at school during lunchtime. They talk and listen, share a meal, play board games, share news about school and friends, maybe play basketball.
It’s a way to give extra support to a teen or tween who may be facing challenges—kids who are living in poverty, are homeless or in transitional housing, are having a hard time at home or at school, or just need another caring adult in their lives. Most schools have students on waiting lists.
What the mentoring program provides
Principals and counselors love the mentor program because it helps kids who need support. Especially in these days of tight budgets and crowded classrooms, mentoring helps fill students’ need for more one-on-one adult attention.
Mentors love the program because it gives them an opportunity to work one-on-one with a student throughout the school year and develop a relationship that supports the student.
Students love the program because they have a reliable, caring adult to talk to one-on-one. They look forward to their weekly lunches, are more likely to come to school on mentoring days, and get help with things like building strong relationships with peers.
Details about the program, and how to volunteer, can be found here.
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