A mentor is a trained volunteer who serves as a motivator, listener, and confidant for a selected student. The mentor provides a positive role model for the student. The mentor’s main role is to raise the student’s ambitions and self-confidence. The mentor encourages the student to meet goals for improved grades, attendance, and behavior, thus contributing to the student’s success in school and life.
A volunteer would serve in a more general capacity, examples might be as a classroom reader, teacher classroom assistant, or field trip chaperone.
We request a school-year commitment to a specific student. In terms of day and timeframe, we just ask for consistency. We remind individuals that most young people have a strong “sense of expectation” so being consistent is very important! It is understood that most people work and/or have families so schools are very flexible in this regard.
This Program is school based. You would meet your student at the school and would visit with the student at the designated time you choose. Additionally, you may also accompany the student on school-sanctioned outings or visit them a school events.
Students are referred for participation in the program by a teacher, counselor, or parent. The mentor is assigned to a student who best “matches” his/her gender, special interests, hobbies, etc.
Participation in a mandatory training session and a background check is required of all aspiring mentor and volunteers. If you have any questions, please call us at (706) 802-5740 or contact the school where you would like to mentor or volunteer.
Gregory Wooten, CIS Executive Director