Mentors inspire children to develop new interests, explore career possibilities, and reach their personal and academic goals.
Current Mentors can find activity ideas and more information here: Mentor Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a mentor?
A mentor is a caring community member who invests in the personal and academic success of a student by helping them build confidence and set goals for the future. Mentors do not have to be professional counselors or trained psychologists. Mentors just need to be willing to develop trusting friendships with students.
What is required of a mentor?
Mentors must be at least 18 years old to participate in Austin ISD. Before being matched with a student, mentors must pass a criminal history background check and complete training. Once matched, mentors must be able to commit to meeting weekly for 30-45 minutes with their student throughout the academic year.
Each mentoring relationship is different because mentors focus on building a relationship that meets the individual needs of their students. Mentors can tutor their students, play games, read books or just talk during their meetings. Mentors also work on long-term projects that encourage students to reach their goals for the future.
How does mentoring help students?
Studies show that students with mentors exhibit the following characteristics:
- Fewer absences from school
- Better attitudes towards school
- Less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol
- Better chances of attending college
What kind of training is provided?
After approval, mentors are invited to attend a 1.5 hour training session that discusses the policies and guildelines for mentoring in Austin ISD as well as helpful tips to engaging with their students and building a relationship throughout the school year.
To become a mentor, register through the Volunteer button below.