This year’s kick-off for the Mentor Program was held on September 10, 2014. Over 70 mentors attended. This is the 20th year of the QPS Mentor Program which initially started through funding from the Quincy Public Schools Foundation. Mentors meet with a student at his/her school once per week for 30-45 minutes. Coordinators for the program are Sharon Bearden and Stephanie Burry. At the kick-off, mentors learned how to engage students through reading and other activities and to encourage conversations. The most crucial role of a mentor is to be an adult who has time for a child, who cares about that child, and who believes in that child. A mentor can be someone who can give a child the concern and support that he/she may not get from other adults in his/her life. Mentors do make a difference. Students who have a relationship with a mentor have improved academic performance, improved attendance, more class participation, improved interaction with peers, and decreased hostility.
There are 150 mentors serving approximately 500 students. Some mentor multiple students. Mentors come from all walks of life, from high school students to retirees. A number of service clubs, organizations and businesses have partnered with the Child-Family Mentor Program to provide volunteers. More mentors are needed. If you want to make a difference in child’s life and share in a relationship that is mutually rewarding, please contact the program coordinators, Sharon Bearden or Stephanie Burry, 217-223-8700 or or for more information.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.