Read a book, do homework or a project, go to the school library or computer lab, play cards or board games, make an art project or craft, share jokes and funny stories, and talk about yourselves and your families.
The Site-Based Mentoring Program concept is simple. It is to provide children with a supportive adult relationship, which can help them to succeed. Academics and learning are part of the relationship, but the primary focus is the one-to-one friendship, support and positive role modeling. The program is designed to serve students identified by school personnel as needing extra guidance and support. Mentors meet with a student at Bester Elementary, E. Russell Hicks Middle, Eastern Elementary, Fountaindale Elementary, Lincolnshire Elementary, Maugansville Elementary, Northern Middle, Pangborn Elemeentary, Ruth Ann Monroe Primary, Salem Avenue Elementary, Springfield Middle or Western Heights Middle once a week for 45-60 minutes during the school day.
Littles in the Site-Based Mentoring Program are elementary and middle school students (K-8) who have been identified by a teacher as needing academic support or help with socialization. All children must have written consent from their parent/guardian to participate in the program.
Mentors meet with the child at a time convenient to the mentor and acceptable to the classroom teacher. All contact with the child takes place on school grounds, unless it is a group activity sponsored by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, MD, Inc.
As a mentor, you may help the student with their school work (e.g., math facts, reading). You may have lunch with the student and just take time to talk with the child. You could play board games, go to the computer lab or make use of other school space.
A professional staff person will talk to you on a bimonthly basis to see how your relationship is developing. The classroom teacher can assist with any specific concerns. As a mentor, you will be covered by the agency’s insurance and have an opportunity to participate in group activities. Mentors are asked to make at least a one year commitment in the program.