• Do the extraordinary...

                                 give time to a child…..       

    What is a mentor?                                                                                                                             

    A mentor is a caring adult who is willing to be a good listener and non-judgmental friend to a student in need of extra attention.  A mentor is a companion, role model, advocate, motivator, resource, guide and helper.                                                                                                           

    A mentor is NOT a parent, social worker, psychiatrist, judge or Santa Claus.

    Who can be a mentor?

    Any nurturing adult who is willing to give the “gift of time” to a child can be a mentor.  The main requirement is to be there when needed.

    How much time will it take?

    Mentors are asked to give at least 30 min to an hour a week to their student.  Mentors will attend an orientation/training session prior to meeting with their student.

    How long is the commitment supposed to last?

    Your commitment should last until the end of the school year.  At that time, you will be given the option to continue with your student the next school year, be assigned to a different student or withdraw from the program.

    Will I have to help with homework?

    Some mentors help with homework, others don’t.  This program is designed to provide students with a positive relationship with an additional supportive adult.  Knowing how to teach math is not a requirement for being a mentor!

    How do I know I can make a difference?

    There’s no easy answer to that question, but “research shows that after generations of diverse public and private efforts to help youth, there may be no more effective program than mentoring.  It works because it is a program of loving and caring.  It’s telling students that society cares about you.” Parade Magazine, 1995

    How do I get started?

    Contact Michele Gill-Major at 803-331-1276 or email her at mmajor@lexrich5.org.


    ...be a mentor!