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Reading+Mentoring 4 Success





Who can be a mentor? Are there any special skills or background needed?

Anyone with a heart for students achieving can be a mentor. Some key traits for mentors are individuals who are compassionate and genuine, encouraging, inquisitive, actively listening to students, approachable, available and willing to learn.  With the training provided prior to starting and the ongoing coaching by the program coordinator, most people will be a successful mentor. The activities will be easy to lead students through and do not require any special skill sets. Mentors will be required to pass a background check.

When will the program begin?

The main program will start right after the Holidays in January. Training will occur in December or the first week or two in January. 

What schools will be participating?

For the 2021-2022 school year, we will be piloting the program at two elementary schools: Rocky River and Wolf Meadow. 

What grades/ages will participating students be?

This mentor program targets Kindergarten - 3rd grade. Students will typically range from age 5 - 9 years old. However, each school will determine where their greatest need is and thus the specific grade(s) to be included.

Will I be working with just one student during the program?

Yes, you will work directly with just one student. We want our mentors to build a relationship with your assigned student. Studies have shown a strong relationship between mentor and student to be a key success factor for a successful mentorship program. As such, some of the activities you will be completing work to build this trusting relationship in addition to reading skills. 

How often do I need to meet with my mentee?

For the program to be successful, consistency with the mentor is key. We ask all mentors to commit to one or two weekly session(s) when students are in school. Of course, we realize a mentor might need to miss a week here or there, but we ask you to please minimize "breaks" as this time with students is critical to their achievement as well as students look forward to their visit each time. 

How long are the sessions and when are they?

Sessions will be 30 minutes. we ask that mentors arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled time to get checked into the school and be at the mentoring location ready to start. Mentors may select the day(s) of the week and any offered timeframes. Timeframes are dependent on school schedules as we don't want to take students away from critical classroom learning time. Both factors will be considered when working to match you with your student. 

Will training be provided?

Absolutely, all volunteers will participate in a training prior to beginning the mentorship program. Ongoing training support will be provided by our on-site program coordinators.

Are activities and materials provided?

Yes, the activities and materials will be provided to you each week. Our activities are very structured to help build specific skills needed by your student.  Our program coordinator will be working closely with the teacher to select activities. As a part of this critical team, you will be asked to provide feedback to the program coordinator to help in targeting these activities.

Given the current pandemic status, what impact will this have on the program?

We are closely monitoring the current statistics. The district has approved that our volunteers qualify to enter the schools under current COVID restriction guidelines as we are providing a critical service to students. Mentors will be expected to follow all health and safety protocols set by the district. At this time, masks are optional for all people entering a school; however, we encourage you to wear a mask to avoid illness and possible quarantines. CCEF will have masks available for use during the program.