What Is It Going to Take to Be a Mentor?
Montgomery County Ohio College Promise Program mentors meet weekly with their mentee at the child’s school. The mentoring session lasts between 30 and 50 minutes and takes place during school hours. The day of the week and the specific time are arranged between the mentor and the mentee depending on their individual schedules and classes.
Montgomery County Ohio College Promise Program mentors will receive orientation and training that will provide them with the necessary tools for being successful in this endeavor.
Montgomery County Ohio College Promise Program mentors will also take part in a criminal background check that will ensure that each and every mentor meets a high standard of good citizenship and protects the interest of the mentee and their family, their school and the College Promise Program.
Mentors Can Help with Homework Questions Leading to Improved Academic Skills
- 59% of mentored youth improve their grades. (Career Beginnings)
- 86% of mentored youth go on to higher education. (Proctor and Gamble)
Mentors Help Keep Students in School
- Students with the highest risk of dropping out benefited the most from a mentor. (Jikielek et al 2002)
- Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. (Public/Private Ventures Study of Big Brothers/Big Sisters)
Volunteer to Be a Mentor
Nothing is more rewarding than making a difference in the life of a child. A mentor can have a profound effect on the amount of success a child might have. A mentor is a caring adult who freely gives their own time to a young child. A mentor guarantees to a child that there is someone who cares and that they are not alone in dealing with the every day challenges they face.
Mentors provide a sounding board; an opportunity to talk and be heard; emotional support; encouragement to be more involved at school or in the community; guidance; friendship; support; and most of all a positive role model.
Mentors provide sound advice and accurate information on issues ranging from school work to family and peer relations.