About the Quincy Public Schools’ Mentor Program
The Quincy Public Schools’ Mentor Program matches adult volunteers to work one-on-one with students. Mentoring involves developing a relationship in which an adult provides a student 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, mentoring helps students gain 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/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 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.