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DSABC One-on-One Mentoring Program

The DSABC One-on-One Mentoring Program is a school based program that matches a supportive and caring adult who assists students to succeed in school by developing a one on one relationship. Mentors serve as a positive adult role model providing moral support and encouragement.

The objective of the mentor program is to improve academic performance, attendance, behavior, attitude toward school, and most importantly, self-esteem and motivation. The long-term goal is dropout prevention.

What is a Mentor?

  • Friend
  • Cheerleader
  • Confidant
  • Supporter
  • Coach
  • Positive Role Model

What do Mentors Do?

  • Engage in a one-on-one relationship with a student
  • Act as a friend and positive adult role model
  • Meet with their mentee weekly for one hour at school
  • Spend time playing games, reading, talking, listening and helping with academics

Why is Mentoring Important?

Independent research has shown that teachers reported the following improvements in children who were enrolled in school based mentoring programs:

  • 64% of students developed more positive attitudes towards school
  • 58% achieved higher grades in social studies, languages, and math
  • 60% improved their relationships with adults
  • 56% improved their relationships with peers
  • 64% developed high levels of self-confidence
  • 62% were more likely to trust their teachers and students were less likely to repeat a grade

What My Mentor Means to Me

“My memory of Joe is that he was an unusually smart and hard-working man who had an awesome career and a family.  I'm ten times as grateful for him now then I was then.  He gave good advice and I ignored a lot of it, but I pass it on now; and remember that I was once the same kind of teenager that I run into today.  When I became a parent sophomore year of HS, he gave me the summer job that got me the car that got the baby to a sitter, and me through high school (My wife and I have a home in Dallas, GA and we're doing OK.  The child we had in high school is 17 and we have two younger daughters 9 and 3).  As far as people in my life at the time who were willing and able to do something like that for me, he was 'it'; and he delivered.  Reflecting on it all reminds me that great communities are created by the selflessness of the people in it.  I try to live that the best that I can.”

 “I think the organization you represent is awesome and I appreciate what you all are doing for the youth up there.  I'm sure every person out there that ever had a mentor of any type remembers something, appreciates it and finds a way to pay it forward.  It wouldn't be happening up there in Danbury over the last 27 years without you all.” -Chaka O. graduated in 1999 mentored by Joseph C.

"Thank you for being my mentor. You are fun.” - Sara

“Having a mentor has truly been a blessing.  I was very lucky to be able to have mentor, especially during one of the hardest times in my life.  My mentor Danielle made me want to be a better person and work hard to get to where I wanted to be because I knew she’d always be there beside me because she chose to be.” - Morgan

“I like it when we are together so I can trust you when I talk, when we hold hands.”  - Zoe

“My mentor has meant so much to me.  I feel like I can be more open with her about my situations and problems.  She has made a tremendous difference in my life by making me feel comfortable with who I am and what I do.  She is really open with me and gives me a choice of what I want to say and do.  I thank her so much and I love her from the bottom of my heart.” - Emily

“Having Rick as my mentor made a huge difference in my life. Rick has not only been my mentor, he was a friend that was always there for me. Not that many people would sacrifice their lunch break to mentor kids in need, so I’m very lucky to have Rick. “- Derek

Reflections on Being a Mentor

"Ten years ago, I joined the DSABC Mentor Program to be a friend to a child. This has been a wonderful journey for me and I would encourage anyone to give it a try. Mentoring is a balance of parent, teacher and friend. I have spent time with my mentee through her younger years, the teenage years and the young adult years. She has persevered through some hard times and I am so proud of her for who she is and who she has become. One hour a week is all that I have given of my time but she has given me so much more in return. We may not have agreed on all subjects but as a team we worked through it. I have watched her grow from a shy little girl to a lovely young lady. I will miss our weekly chats, our game playing and discussions for her future. We have gone full circle. I started out as her friend but now she has become my friend and I hope that will remain so for many years to come." - JoAnn (mentor, 10 years)

“Having been a mentor for 21 years with 4 mentees, I just want you to know what a pleasure it is to be with these young people every week.  They bring joy each time we are together.  It’s great to watch them grow over the years.” – Linda (mentor, 21 years)

“Mentoring has been a very uplifting and wonderful experience for me.  He has changed my life and helped me in ways I never thought possible, I hope I had one-tenth the impact on his life that he has had on mine.” – Carl (mentor, 7 years)

How do I Become a Mentor?

DSABC requires that new mentors complete an online application along with forms to authorize a criminal background check and DCF search and attend a one-hour training session.  Mentors are assigned to a school based on their preference for grade level, proximity to work/home and need.

Mentor Application Forms