Is this Easy to Read?
What if it wasn't . . .
Children who aren't reading proficiently by the 4th grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school.
46% of children are not ready to succeed in school by the age of 5.
Only 17% of K - 1st grade children who are absent for 10% or more of the school year can read by the end of the 3rd grade.
Young people in underserved areas are 26% more likely to aspire to go to college if they had a mentor than if they did not.
1 in 5 eighteen-year-olds in Westchester will not graduate with their peers.
Benefits for Youth who Receive Mentorship:
+Lower high school dropout rates
+ Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
+ Better attitude about school
+ Higher college enrollment rates and higher education aspirations
+ Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
+ Improved behavior, both at home and at school
+ Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
+ Improved interpersonal skills
+ Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use
Benefits for Mentors:
+ A sense of accomplishment
+ Creation of networks of volunteers
+ Insight into childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood
+ Increased patience and improved supervisory skills
+ Potential teaching experience
+ Investing in the fundamentals of your community
Frequently Asked Questions About Mentoring
What do I need to Apply?
Passion and Patience: No matter which program you apply for, you have to start with at least this. Age and other requirements will vary by program.
Do I need previous experience?
Will I receive training?
Is this a way to get teaching experience?
Will this make me a better teacher?
Yes, you will have the chance to practice tailoring your lesson plan and approach based on the learning style of your mentee.
Can I apply if I am in High School?
Yes, but the minimum age varies from 16-18 years old.
I am a professional with a huge amount of life experience who wants to invest in the fundamental bedrock of my community, are there mentoriship opportunities for me?
What if I work or go to school or work during the day?
A good number of mentoring and tutoring programs are scheduled after school or work.
How much time will I need to give up?
It depends on what you agree to and the program itself. Hours can range from 2-6+ per week.
Is this an on-going commitment?
Yes, please think this through. The commitment length depends on the program.