Mentors are greatly needed at all of our campuses and especially at Livingston Intermediate and Junior High. Any campus can request a mentor and mentors are needed district-wide.
What is a Mentor?
A mentor is an adult who commits to volunteering a minimum of 30-45 minutes a week and give their undivided attention to one child in order to make a positive impact on a student’s life.
The mentor may play several roles throughout the partnership. A mentor may serve as:
How are students selected to the program?
Any Livingston ISD teacher can request a Mentor Referral Form from. The campuses use this form as a guide to select students they feel can benefit from having a mentor. Once a student is identified, the parent/guardian is contacted and informed that their child has the opportunity to participate in the Mentor Program. Permission to participate in the Mentor Program is sought from the parent/guardian. The student is then contacted, and asked if he/she would like to be part of this program. No student is required to participate.
Benefits Realized by Students
* Improved grades
* Fewer discipline referrals
* Increased attendance
* Better social skills
* Increased self-esteem
* Appreciation of education
Benefits Realized by Mentors
* Helping others succeed
* Personal growth and awareness through insights gained from students
* Shaping the future leaders of tomorrow
* Sense of accomplishment by inspiring a student
* Increased meaningful involvement in your community
What is Required of a Mentor?
Mentors are asked to volunteer a minimum of 30-45 minutes per week during the school day. This is a school-based program; therefore, all mentoring takes place at the student's campus during a time that has been set up by the Campus Liaison and the mentor. Outside contact is not allowed unless it is at a school function, such as a basketball game.
How do I Become a Mentor?
Opportunities to mentor are available at all Livingston ISD campuses. All Livingston ISD volunteers are required to complete the online Livingston ISD volunteer application. This process includes a background check. Once approved, the campus Mentor Liaison will contact interested mentors to schedule the mentor orientation and training. Trained mentors will then be matched with a student and a date will be established to begin the program.
How do I Begin the Process?
To get started click on the Mentor/Volunteer Application and complete an online application or contact the Livingston Independent School District Communications Department at (936) 328-2490 or e-mail Amy Borel at firstname.lastname@example.org.