Mentoring Matters - Become a Mentor Today!
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.
Making a difference in a student's own words,
- 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!
"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.
the workshop participants will learn about effective listening skills,
goal setting, communication skills and relationship building. Attendance
is required for all mentors.
Sign-up today for a workshop.