“When you show up the kids are so excited to see you, it’s great. I really do believe that this program does boost the self-esteem of the children.”
School–Based Mentoring Programs
Lunch Buddies is catered toward the working professional or busy adult who still wants to give part of his/her time to mentoring a student. Mentors serve as a positive role model and commit to spending at least one lunch hour per week for one school year with a specific student at school. Mentors do not have to provide lunch for the student, but may if they wish. They meet with their mentee in a quiet area of the school and spend one–on–one time sharing lunch and conversation. Depending on interests, they may discuss school, goals, social skills and relationships, etc. Lunch buddies are only required to commit to one lunch hour per week, but can schedule as many as time permits.
The Cross–Age program matches a college or high school student mentor with a young elementary school mentee between the ages of 5–13 who is enrolled in the SERRF After School Program. Mentors commit to meeting with mentees at for least one hour per week for the duration of a semester. Mentors assist their student mentees with homework and social skills. High school students can earn a stipend for completing the program.
The Mentor–Tutor program is similar to Cross–Age Mentoring, however it matches an adult volunteer with an elementary school student. The Mentor–Tutor program focuses on improving academic achievement and literacy skills, and includes English Language Learners. Mentors meet with their mentee after the regular school day for at least two hours per week for the duration of one semester.
A Program of the Tehama County Department of Education Student Support Services Department
Larry P. Champion, County Superintendent
Research Suggests that children who have mentors are more successful at: