Dear Mentors: In honor of National Mentor Month, Pinellas County Schools would like to commend all mentors for all the hours you have dedicated to the students of Pinellas County Schools. Every day, mentors in communities across our nation provide crucial support and guidance to young people. Whether a day is spent helping with homework, playing catch, or just listening, these moments can have an enormous, lasting effect on a child's life. We couldn't continue year after year without you, and the future of our children is brighter because of what you do. National Mentoring Month Presidential Proclamation
If you’re thinking... I just don't have the time. Or, maybe you're asking...What would I do with the student? What would I talk about? Does mentoring really make a difference?
We've made it easy for you!
Mentors meet with students during lunch once a week for thirty-minutes, and only when school is in session.
- Mentors attend a 1 or 2-hour workshop, given plenty of resources and activity ideas.
- District and school personnel are always on hand to support you, and answer all your questions.
- A mentor's most important job is to show up, listen and be a caring friend.
- Conversation starters are as easy as talking about your: favorite foods, hobbies, what's on your bucket list, and what it's like to be a kid!
Making a difference in a student's own words,
"My mentor came into my life and provided structure, did things with me that my parents couldn't do. Read to me, listened and talked with me, and kept me focus on things I needed to do. My mentor helped me gain the confidence I never thought I would have."
Students who have mentors are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in college or a vocational school, and are more willing to participate in sports, and other after school activities. With renewed confidence students with mentors hold leadership roles in school and are better able to advocate for themselves. These positive relationship outcomes benefit not only the student, but their families, the mentor and the community.
In addition to the student's parents; another consistent presence in a child's life can make all the difference in the world.
Thank you to the more than 3,614 mentors
and 3,281 tutors serving thousands of students
and our schools
Mentors can be a positive impact on a student’s academic, social and career path. If you know of a student who needs an additional caring adult in their life to help empower them please let us know.