Too many youth are navigating through life alone and need someone with their best interest at heart to step in and guide them.
Other times, our young people just need individualized attention. Often, they can't get that due to home situations and class structure. Our school based mentorship program helps meet that need by pairing an adult mentor with a student mentee. The two meet together for 1/2 hour a week through out the school year. Having a meaningful connection with someone to rely on that is there to listen and help make a huge impact.
Mentees are also able to attend groups after school and during school breaks for continued time with their mentor. These groups include free play, homework help, snacks, and planned activities.
Simple But Profound
The simple act of showing up and caring has had a profound effect. This program has seen a significant increase in grades and attendance. It has also decreased behavior issues in the classroom.
In the 2017-2018 school year when 1st quarter report cards were compared to 4th quarter report cards of our mentees:
30% Increased their attendance.
37% Improved their GPA.
36% of elementary school mentees Improved their classroom behavior. (not tracked in middle school).
Make the Difference
Monetary donations have the most immediate impact. We are also grateful for recreational supplies, and food for snacks and lunches. See our wish list for what we need.
1/2 hour a week of your time can change everything for a student. If school hours conflict with your work schedule we love volunteers for our groups. This can be a one time visit or a longer commitment. Come share your hobbies and talents with kids. It will mean the world to them.
The Mentoring Program is in need of donations for the following:
Art and Craft Supplies
Kid Friendly Snack Food
Water and Juice
Your support and contributions will enable us to continue to meet the needs of kids here in Maricopa with this effective program.