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 550 students from grades K-12 matched with mentors who meet one-on-one each week.
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.
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.
Joan Tregre has been a mentor through RISE since the inception of the program. Her motivation to mentor is being able to make a positive impact in the life of a student.
“The best thing about RISE mentoring are the smiles, laughers, honest talks and comfortable quiet moments with my mentee because they trust me and our relationship. The moments when I know that my presence makes a positive difference for them, help me through the difficult times when I’m wondering if I’m actually doing any good,” Tregre said. “My mentees lift me up as often as I lift them up.”
How to Mentor
RISE Mentoring training sessions are scheduled throughout January and February for those interested in volunteering this school year.
All mentors complete an online application, 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.
Celebrate Mentoring with Us
National Mentoring Month is led by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.
Important dates to remember this month:
- Jan. 10, 9 a.m.-noon: Upcoming mentoring training to be held at the Virgil Gant Education Support Center, 1928 N. Main, Pearland, TX.
- Jan. 11, 9 a.m.-noon: Upcoming mentoring training to be held at Crosspoint Church, 1134 Old Alvin Rd, Pearland, TX.
- Jan. 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: A day to spotlight volunteerism and inspire people seeking service opportunities to learn more about mentoring.
- Jan. 28, 1 -4 p.m.: Upcoming mentoring training to be held at the Virgil Gant Education Support Center, 1928 N. Main, Pearland, TX.
- Jan. 30, 9 a.m.-noon: Upcoming mentoring training to be held at the Virgil Gant Education Support Center, 1928 N. Main, Pearland, TX.