DSABC School Based Mentoring Program
The DSABC Mentor Program is a school based program that matches a supportive and caring adult who assist 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?
What do Mentors Do?
Why is Mentoring Important?
Independent research has shown that teachers reported the following improvements in children who were enrolled in School Based Mentoring Programs:
What My Mentor Means to Me
"Thank You for being my mentor. You are fun.” - Sara, gr. 3
“I am glad that me and you met, and I am so glad you’re my mentor. We are so alike and we always have fun when we are together. Thank you for being there for me. “ - Tara
She is like family to me.” - Providence
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 (DSABC mentor, 10 years)
How do I Become a Mentor?
DSABC requires that new mentors submit completed applications forms, including authorization for a criminal background check, a brief interview, and attend a 1½ 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