Promise Council- School Based Mentoring Sitebased Flyer McLean
Through School-Based Mentoring, a core BBBS program initiated in the 1990s, volunteers offer children and youth individualized time and attention on a consistent basis, with the venue being the child’s school rather than the community. Teachers identify those children who can most benefit from an extra caring adult in their lives. Volunteers and children meet regularly during the school year – typically each week, utilizing the resources available within the school: computer labs, the library, the gym, a classroom, or the schoolyard. During the summer, they may exchange letters, email messages or phone calls, attend an agency-sponsored event or transition to our community program to continue meeting during the summer months.Whether they eat lunch together or hang out during a tutorial period, their relationship promotes a positive school experience for the child: good attendance, positive peer and adult relationships, a positive attitude, and academic enrichment. As their friendship evolves over time, volunteers and children discover ways to make school and learning fun. When matches continue from one school year to the next, volunteers experience the satisfaction of watching their Littles achieve success in school. Match activities take place during the school day, at lunch and during recess. Activity boxes which include games,arts & crafts, books, etc. can be provided to each school.Volunteers in school-based mentoring include: high school students (sometimes called High School Mentoring),college students (sometimes called College Mentoring), adults, and volunteers from corporations and businesses(sometimes called Corporate Mentoring).
Students are referred by the principal, teachers, social workers, counselors, etc. Students may be experiencing poor academic performance, social incompetence, lack of positive role models in their lives, or other at-risk behaviors.
Adult mentors can be referred by Promise council members or contact the agency on their own. The mentor must have transportation and should be considered reliable, trustworthy, academically successfully, and a positive role model who is capable of forming a healthy relationship with a young child.
Parents of referred students will be asked to complete enrollment forms. With parent permission, students are asked to complete an enrollment interview conducted by the BBBS School-Based Coordinator. This interview allows us to learn the child’s likes/dislikes, attitude towards school, relationships with family and peers, etc. The information gathered will help to determine the appropriateness of the child for our program and what volunteer will best suit their needs.It is required that each volunteer have a valid driver’s license and vehicle as well as one school year to dedicate to the program from the time they are matched. Adult mentors are asked to complete enrollment forms, an enrollment interview, an Illinois State Police background check, and the Department of Child and Family Services background check. Three references are required and their name is checked on the Sexual Abuse Offender Registry website. During the interview we will conduct a one-on-one orientation and training.
Child Safety is our number one priority! Required monthly contact from each volunteer and child by the SchoolBased Coordinator will cover child safety, youth development, relationship development, needs/concerns, etc.Ongoing training, conducted by the School-Based Coordinator, is provided to adult mentors when needed. This training focuses on child safety, relationship development, and ground rules of the program. Ongoing training is provided through required monthly contacts (called match support) and one-to-one trainings can be provided if needed.