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About Our Mentor Program
The Quincy Public Schools’ Mentor Program matches community volunteers to work one-on-one with students. Mentoring involves developing a relationship in which an adult provides a student with ongoing support and guidance for his/her academic and personal growth. The goal of mentoring is to provide students with the confidence they need to be successful in school and to succeed in life. In addition, this confidence will help students grow in the basic skills of reading, writing, and math.
We make every effort to provide students, from prekindergarten through high school, who have been identified as being in need of a mentor with a caring, responsible adult. The student and mentor meet once a week for thirty to sixty minutes during school hours. Each relationship is different, but the core remains the same. The mentor supports the child’s efforts and helps them reach their potential.
Mentors can help our students in many ways:
– improving academic achievement
– developing gifts and talents
– increasing self esteem and self confidence
– improving a student’s ability to get along with others
– overcoming shyness
– overcoming aggressiveness
The one-to-one relationship with a mentor can help a student face challenges such as poor academic performance, poor decision-making skills, lack of academic goals, few academic successes, poor work habits and lack of basic skills.
Our mentors come from all walks of life, from high school students to retirees, but they all have one thing in common: They all care about children and want to make a difference. It’s an excellent time for mentors to help young people develop their potential and shape their lives. The mentor’s role is not to replace the role of a parent/guardian, to expect dramatic changes quickly, nor to provide solutions to all the questions. The traits of listening, caring, nurturing, and supporting are the most important part of the mentor’s role.
All of our mentors go through an interview process, background check, and training/program orientation.
How to Become a Mentor
An application form must be completed which includes your consent for us to conduct a background check. Once the application has been received by the Mentor Coordinator and processed, an orientation will be scheduled.
“The number one indicator of success for a child is a good relationship with a caring adult”
— Fortune Magazine
THE QPS MENTOR PROGRAM HAS OVER 200 MENTORS IN OUR SCHOOLS!
Student mentoring Statistics
Approximately 200 mentors serve students and classrooms in the Quincy Public Schools.
Approximately 1000 children from pre-kindergarten through high school receive some type of mentoring.
Mentors come from all walks of life, from college students to retirees. A number of service clubs, organizations and businesses have partnered with the Child-Family Mentor Program to provide volunteers.
Mentor UPDATES & Stories
Thank you to ALL of our dedicated Mentors!