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:

+ Increased high school graduation rates

+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:

+ Increased self-esteem

+ 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?
No.

Will I receive training?
Yes.

Is this a way to get teaching experience?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

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.