Overview of Brevard Public
Schools has a countywide effort with program partnership
agreements with many agencies, businesses, civic groups and
the local chambers of commerce to provide mentoring.
Individuals volunteer to mentor students in local schools
through a wide variety of program options. Generally, a
mentor is assigned to one student and meets with that
student once a week for the entire school year on the school
campus, and only on the school campus.
The goal of the mentor is to develop a friendship with the
student and within that relationship, assist the student in
developing and achieving goals. Benefits for the students
include higher grades, fewer absences, career exploration
and the caring, support and encouragement of a role model.
For the mentor there is challenge and satisfaction derived
from helping students overcome their challenges.
Individuals who join in this business and education
partnership help students to benefit socially, emotionally
and academically and this will lead ultimately to
better-educated and more productive citizens.
The key ingredient
in mentoring is the relationship between the mentor and the
student. Like all friendships, there must be caring, trust,
acceptance and respect. Friendships do not develop in one
hour, so students will not be sharing private concerns for
several weeks. Mentors need time to get to know their
student. If this process is rushed, the trusting
relationship will not develop.
Mentors report that the first few weeks of meeting with a
student are a little awkward. Mentors will wonder if the
student will like them, if he/she will talk and what will be
discussed. The student has the same concerns about this.
It is tough getting through the first few weeks, but
sometime between the fourth and sixth meeting, a student
will begin to believe he can depend on the mentor to be
there each week. That is when the trust begins to form.
When that happens, mentors will really start to look forward
to that hour every week. This may become one of the most
personally satisfying events in their life.
Since consistency is the key to developing and maintaining
the student and mentor relationship, mentors who have a
schedule conflict with the mentoring appointment, can meet
with their student on any other day of that week, but at the
same time of day. The school/student should be called to
let him/her know about the change.
Please remember that
mentoring does not produce a quick fix to solve difficult,
chronic problems. Although many students will benefit from
the mentoring relationship, it won't be successful for
Stock in Children Mentoring Program website
How do I start?
You can find out how to become a mentor by making an
appointment with the mentoring coordinator at any public
school in Brevard County. For more information, contact
District Mentoring Coordinator.