School Based mentoring is an expanding approach to improve the self-esteem, attitudes, attendance and achievement of children ages 6-14. Volunteers are matched in a one-to-one relationship with a child who has been referred by their teacher, guidance counselor or parent who could benefit from a mentoring relationship based on academic or social needs.
Both mentor and child make a school year commitment to the program and agree to meet at least 1 hour every week at the child’s school to help provide extra attention and support. The meeting times may occur before, during or after school. Partnerships with school districts allow volunteers to pick an elementary or middle school of their choice to mentor at. There are also ways to include community activities after being matched for at least 3 months.