Have you considered mentoring a student?
Mentors typically work one-on-one with students in Girls in Pearls, Building Tomorrows Leaders or a struggling student. Their major task is to motivate the student to stay focused on school. Through tutoring, setting short-term goals and serving as a role model, volunteers can provide encouragement and friendship to a student needing to build self-esteem.
New mentors are required to attend a free Pinellas County Schools mentor workshop. For current Pinellas County Schools mentor workshops, please visit: https://www.pcsb.org/Page/461
Mentoring Supports Education
- Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class(Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters).
- Mentors help with homework and can improve their mentees academic skills.
- Creates positive behavior toward peers.
- Less likely to skip school.
- Greater parent trust can be developed.
Mentoring Support Day-to-Day Living
- Mentors help improve a young person's self-esteem.
- Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters).
- About 40% of a teenagerâ€™s waking hours are spent without companionship or supervision.
- Mentors provide teens with a safe place to share.
- Mentors teach young people how to relate well to others and help them strengthen communication skills.