MISSION STATEMENT: The Moscow Mentor Program strengthens our community by promoting nurturing friendships between youth and responsible caring adults. Mentors provide guidance and support as these youth pursue personal, family and academic dreams.
For up to date program information, please contact our Mentor Program Coordinators Lynn Weaver (892-1149, email@example.com) or Miranda Strey (208-892-1119, firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are interested in being a Mentor, click here for the application.
NEXT TRAINING DATE: TBD. Please contact Miranda Strey or Lynn Weaver for updated information.
HOW IT WORKS: After initial recruitment and training, mentors are matched with students and meet weekly to foster the development of social and academic skills. The weekly mentoring sessions take place on school grounds either during the school day or within the first hour after school. Mentors attend monthly meetings to learn new skills and share ideas with other mentors. Mentors and mentees do not meet over the summer.
MENTORS are recruited from local community, church, civic, and business organizations. They go through an initial screening process that includes an interview and a criminal background check. They are oriented to the program through an initial mentor training prior to any interaction with the students. After training they meet with their mentees weekly to promote healthy social and academic development. Moscow Mentors are trained adult volunteers who meet with elementary school students once each week for an hour during the school day. Mentors provide individual support for students involved in the program.
MENTEES are students in the four elementary schools of the Moscow School District. Referrals may come from any member of the school’s staff and are coordinated through the counselor’s offices.
PARENTS give permission for their children to participate in the program prior to a student’s involvement. Parents have the opportunity to meet with the mentors and parental involvement in the program is welcome and encouraged.
TEACHERS, COUNSELORS and STAFF identify those students they feel would benefit from a mentoring relationship. They provide the parents with program information and a permission packet to review with the students and return to school. School personnel work with the mentor to establish a time when the mentor and mentee can meet weekly with minimal disruption to the class schedule. A student profile is taken to determine student interests and preferences.
THE MENTOR PROGRAM COORDINATOR collects the mentor and mentee profiles and makes the matches. The Mentor Program Coordinator and the SDFS Coordinator conduct the initial mentor training and monitor the participants’ progress. They also organize ongoing mentor trainings and provide additional mentor support. The Mentor Program Coordinator is the primary contact for all program participants.
MENTOR ADVISORY BOARD provides support and oversight for the Moscow Mentor and Bear Buddies programs. The Mentor Advisory Board also organizes training and other developmental activities for the Mentors and Bear Buddies, and provides input on budgetary issues and assists in the recruitment and retention of mentors.
PROGRAM GOALS and OBJECTIVES:
- Maintain 60 – 80 mentor-matches each school year.
- Ensure each match lasts at least one complete school year.
- Increase student grades.
- Increase positive behavior of students.
- To have the Moscow Mentor Program viewed as a positive influence by all participants and stakeholders.