Mentoring 101: How To Create A Mentoring Program for At-Risk Students in the Age of Accountability Pamela Bullard Mathematics Coach Cooper Middle School 770.819.2438 ext 251 Pamela Bullard@cobbk12.org. 6/5/2014. 1. Benefits of a Mentoring Group for Students.
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Mentoring 101: How To Create A Mentoring Program for At-Risk Students in the Age of Accountability Pamela Bullard Mathematics Coach Cooper Middle School 770.819.2438 ext 251 Pamela Bullard@cobbk12.org 6/5/2014 1
Benefits of a Mentoring Group for Students • Improved Academic Performance • Improved Peer/Family Relationships • Increased Parental Involvement • Improved Social Skills • Improvement in Attendance • Improvement in Behavior • Higher Graduation Rates
Benefits of a Mentoring Groupfor Staff More appreciative of youth from diverse backgrounds More productive More loyalty and pride
G.E.M.S. Girls Excelling through Mentoring Success Originated at Cooper Middle School October 2007 Female at-risk students (Grades 6-8) Membership – 37 girls Female staff – 29 mentors*
G.E.M.S. Girls Excelling through Mentoring Success Mission Statement The G.E.M.S. organization will provide at-risk girls an opportunity to engage in activities that promote academic excellence, positive self-esteem, effective communication, and life skills while fostering positive peer-to-peer and peer-to-adult relationships.
Identifying Mentors Staff members Same gender mentors Select all who apply Try to recruit from all subject areas One-on-One
Identifying Mentees Recommendations from staff Parental referrals Graduation Coach Work Management System Students
Program Structure First Quarter- Mentor/Mentee Focus Second Quarter- Academic Focus Third Quarter- Group Focus Fourth Quarter- Career Focus
Components Group Meeting (Monthly) Social Activity (Monthly) Mentoring Activity (Weekly) Community Service (Quarterly)
Program Components Bonding Activities Academic Monitoring Esteem Building Activities Cultural Field Trips Group Discussions Tutorials
First Quarter - Relationships The G.E.M.S. primarily focused on building relationships with their mentors and developing a positive relationship with staff members. Activities included: Secret Mentor Mentor/Mentee Breakfast Twin Day TV Activity
Second Quarter – Academics The G.E.M.S. set an academic goal of “Nothing Less than a “C”. Activities centered around building academic strength and curbing disruptive behaviors. Activities included: Goal Setting Activity Sweetheart Breakfast Cook-off
Second/Third Quarter - Bonding The G.E.M.S. were involved in activities aimed at building their self-esteem and creating bonds. Activities included: Letters to Soldiers Thanksgiving Luncheon College Tour Birthday Celebration
Fourth Quarter – Careers The G.E.M.S. continued to focus on academics and explored potential career opportunities. Activities included: Mini workshops Career Cruising Year-End Celebration
Mentor CommentsWhat did you like most about the G.E.M.S. program “I enjoyed seeing the difference the program made in some of the students. Even though I feel that my impact on my mentee was minimal, I was able to see growth in some of the other girls that I don’t think would have otherwise occurred if it had not been for the influence of the mentor(s)” “It was a great way to increase positive student-teacher interaction” “The community it built with the teachers and students. I think that these girls NEED to know someone is interested in their lives both in and outside of school.”
Mentee CommentsWhat did you like most about the G.E.M.S. program? “I like how it kept motivating me to keep staying in school and its one chance and one advantage you get because school is important” “That there are other girls in my condition that need help like me and that we finally have the opportunity to share it with others and get help” “I like being able to see my mentor and interact with her” “That we have teachers and other students that we can talk to”
Tips BE FLEXIBLE and CREATIVE Involve the administration Involve mentors and mentee in decision making Celebrate your mentors often Minimize out of class time
Tips Assign mentors to only one student Minimize extra work for mentors Expect attrition and growth
Contact Information Pamela Bullard Mathematics Coach Cooper Middle School 770.819.2438 ext 251 Pamela.Bullard@cobbk12.org