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District celebrates National Mentoring Month

            January is National Mentoring Month and this year Pearland ISD is celebrating the annual campaign aimed at expanding the quality mentoring opportunities to connect more students with caring adults by inviting community members to become a RISE mentor.

            Currently through RISE Mentoring, Pearland ISD has approximately 485 students from grades K-12 matched with mentors who meet one-on-one each week.

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            More than 70 students (most of them boys) are waiting for adults to commit 30 minutes a week to mentoring. If mentors and community members recruit one more person, it will cover all students currently waiting for a mentor.

To become a RISE mentor you must complete an application, online background check and register for one of the mentor trainings. Mentor and student matching for the current school year will continue through Feb. 28.

            Why Mentor?

            Research links mentoring to improved academic, social and economic prospects for young people -- in turn, strengthening communities nationwide.

            Mentors help equip young people to make responsible decisions, stay focused and engaged in school and avoid risky behavior.

            RISE Mentoring volunteers come from diverse backgrounds, but all are united in wanting to offer an ear and time to students.

            Griselda and Garth Teel are the parents of eighth- and ninth-graders Lauren and Ashton Teel, who have been matched with mentors through the RISE Mentoring Program. They are appreciative of the positive impact the program has had in their children’s lives.

“RISE Mentoring is awesome, and this world needs more of what RISE delivers,” Griselda and Garth Teel said. “Our kids’ mentors are superhumans in our eyes! We are so thankful to this program for helping our family directly and indirectly.”   

How to Mentor

            RISE Mentoring training sessions are scheduled throughout January for those interested in volunteering this school year.

            All mentors complete a background check and attend training before being matched with a student for the duration of the school year.

            Once matched, the mentor meets with the student at his or her campus for 30 minutes a week.

            “We’re looking for people who care about kids and are committed. You or someone you know may just be that ‘one more’ person that a student needs,” Mandy Benedix, Pearland ISD mentor/volunteer specialist, said.

            To learn more about participating in RISE Mentoring, see training dates and apply to become a mentor, visit www.pearlandisd.org/mentoring or contact mentoring@pearlandisd.org.

Celebrate Mentoring with Us

            National Mentoring Month is led by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.

            Important dates to remember this month:

    • Jan. 19, 9 a.m.-noon: Upcoming mentoring training to be held at Crosspoint Church.
    • Jan. 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: A day to spotlight volunteerism and inspire people seeking service opportunities to learn more about mentoring.
    • Jan. 31 - #ThankYourMentor Day: A day for all who have real life mentoring experiences to thank those who helped them on their path to adulthood and beyond. Share a story on social media using #ThankYourMentor.

(1/11/19)