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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?

  • Nurturer
  • Cheerleader
  • Confidant
  • Friend
  • Coach
  • Supporter
  • 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, 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

"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


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


“I like when we go to the library to have fun and play games and read at school”  - Savion


“I love having a mentor. I think it was the best move for me. Maureen has helped guide me in a positive way. She never judged me and always gave me the perfect advice. She always is smiling and happy, it always brings my mood up in the best way. I really love her.

She is like family to me.”  - Providence


“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 (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