The Mentoring Program is designed to enhance a child’s social, academic and personal development. Research demonstrates that mentoring is a powerful tool that can have a positive effect on those who participate including higher school attendance, better attitude towards school, lower negative behaviors and increases self-esteem. Mentoring does not just enhance the lives of the children being mentored, but also the adults that are doing the mentoring. There are many ways you can mentor a child: by coming to the school and having lunch, reading, playing games, helping with homework, enjoy going outside together, or just talking with them. The key is to establish a relationship with them that nurtures and supports them. A Mentor is: A caring adult who spends a couple of hours monthly with a student as a role model, advocate, motivator and friend.
A Mentor’s Role: To be a dependable and consistent presence in a child’s life that encourages them to their full potential.
A Mentor’s Goal: To improve a child’s social and emotional well-being, self-confidence, interests and academic motivation.
How are students selected for the program?
Campus administrators, faculty and staff members identify students they feel can benefit from having a mentor. Once a student is selected, the parent/guardian is contacted and informed their child has been referred to be in the Mentor Program. Parent permission is required for student to participate in program. The student is then contacted, and asked if he/she would like to be part of the program.
How to Volunteer as a Mentor?
If you are interested in becoming a mentor at Sabine ISD, please print and complete the Mentor Application. Once application is approved the Mentor Coordinator will contact you and the mentor/mentee assignment can be made.
Completed applications can be returned to any Campus Office or mailed to:
5424 FM 1252 W
Gladewater, TX 75647
(903) 984-4767 ext. 419