Why Mentor?

Parent/guardians reported:

  • Child's self-confidence: "improved" -88%
  • Child's attitude toward school: "better" -73%
  • Relationships with peers: "better" -80%

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Mentoring Program Overview


A brief history...

Planning for the program began in the fall of 2000. By the end of the school year, 28 pairs were meeting at Central Grade School. As the program expanded in numbers, so did the recognition of its benefits. The program has become an important vehicle to reach not just students but their caregivers, and through the mentoring program, a link has formed between the community and its public schools.

Currently the program is in place at Central Grade School and Effingham Junior High School. Both schools support the program with an on-site facilitator and social worker or counseling staff. Students in grade three through eight are served, many with the same mentor for over a period of several years.

Program Policy Overview

Unit 40 Schools Mentoring Program follows the "Elements of Effective Practice"- recognized nationally as the standard for effective mentoring programs.

Students are recommended for the program by teachers, staff, or parents. Each student must have written permission from a parent/guardian before they are considered. Students must also express a desire to be involved. Not all recommended students are invited to participate - some receive other services that are more appropriate for their needs.

Mentors must undergo a training session and background checks for pertinent criminal or civil allegations before being admitted into the program. A work history and references must be provided. Mentors commit to one school year of weekly lunch-hour meetings.

Meetings take place only on school grounds in specified areas.