Covington Partners Seeks 20 Mentors for Students in 20 Days
For the second consecutive year, Covington Partners has launched a #20Mentors20Days campaign to recruit 20 new adult volunteers to serve as mentors for the upcoming school year. The campaign will cover the next 20 days and will lead to the first day of school for Covington Independent Public Schools on August 16.
During the 2017-18 school year, 256 adult volunteers spent more than 3,900 hours mentoring students in grades 3 - 12.
Having a positive and consistent adult role model in their life helps students achieve in school – last year 71 percent of students with a mentor had good school attendance and 92 percent had good school behavior. Additionally, 93 percent of students with a mentor reported that their mentor helped them to improve their schoolwork or grades.
“As a region, when people are concerned about future leaders and our future workforce, I encourage them to take an active role in guiding our students into what we need in our community,” said Stacie Strotman, Executive Director of Covington Partners “And we have options to meet anyone’s busy schedule.”
Elementary Lunch Buddy - The Lunch Buddy program is great for volunteers who do not have much time, or who enjoy interacting with elementary-age children. Mentors are matched with a 3rd–5th grade student and spend 30 minutes each week during the student’s scheduled lunchtime.
Elementary Afterschool Buddy - The After-School Buddy program is great for mentors who would prefer to stop in to visit on their way home from work in the late afternoons, or who need flexibility in their meeting times. Mentors are matched with a 3rd–5th grade student and spend 30–60 minutes each week after school (between 3:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.).
Middle School and High School Mentor - At Holmes Middle and High Schools, mentors are matched with a 6th–12th grade student and commit to meeting for one hour per week. Mentors can be school-based if they prefer to meet at school between 8 a.m.–3 p.m. For mentors who prefer to spend time with a student outside of school hours and the school setting, they can be in a community-based match. Community-based matches meet in the evenings or on weekends and can spend their time seeing a movie, having dinner together, or hanging out at a local park.
All mentoring matches have access to a staff member who is available to support and guide the relationship if mentors should have any questions or concerns.
From Covington Partners