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Volunteers: Middle School Mentor Program

Can you give 30 minutes a week to make a difference in the life of a middle school student?

Be a mentor—touch a life! A small investment of time, energy and caring can yield great dividends in the life of a middle school student.

What is the Middle School Mentor Program?

4J_VOL_MSMentor_Thinking3_cropVolunteers from the community are paired with middle school students who have been referred to the program. Once a week, volunteer mentors visit their student at school during lunchtime. They talk and listen, share a meal, play board games, share news about school and friends, maybe play basketball.

It’s a way to give extra support to a teen or tween who may be facing challenges—kids who are living in poverty, are homeless or in transitional housing, are having a hard time at home or at school, or just need another caring adult in their lives. Most schools have students on waiting lists.

What the mentoring program provides

4J_VOL_MSMentor_Newphoto_smallPrincipals and counselors love the mentor program because it helps kids who need support. Especially in these days of tight budgets and crowded classrooms, mentoring helps fill students’ need for more one-on-one adult attention.

Mentors love the program because it gives them an opportunity to work one-on-one with a student throughout the school year and develop a relationship that supports the student.

Students love the program because they have a reliable, caring adult to talk to one-on-one. They look forward to their weekly lunches, are more likely to come to school on mentoring days, and get help with things like building strong relationships with peers.

How to become a volunteer mentor

If you’d like to be part of this program, we’d like to hear from you.

What’s expected:
Volunteer mentors must commit to visiting one student at one school each week for a full academic year. Before being matched with a student, volunteer mentors must participate in a short training session and pass a criminal background check.

How to apply:
1. Check the list of middle schools below and choose one or more schools where you would like to mentor (please note that parents are not placed as volunteer mentors in schools their own children attend, nor can grandparents mentor at schools their grandchildren attend).

2. Complete the mentor questionnaire and email it to EugeneMentoring@gmail.com. If you’re not able to download the application and fill it out on your computer, please email EugeneMentoring@gmail.com for further instructions.

3. Complete the criminal background check. When you complete the online form, please check off all middle schools so you can be eligible to volunteer at any of the schools.

If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please contact Anne Bridgman, the volunteer mentor program coordinator, at EugeneMentoring@gmail.com.

 

Middle schools and mentoring schedules (2017–18)

Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.
Monday: 2 lunches, 12:03–12:33 and 1–1:30

Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Rd.
Friday: 2 lunches, 12:09–12:39 and 1:06–1:36

Kelly Middle School, 850 Howard Ave.
Tuesday: 2 lunches, 12:05–12:35 and 1–1:30

Kennedy Middle School, 2200 Bailey Hill Rd.
Wednesday: 2 lunches, 10:55–11:25 and 11:55–12:25

Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Dr.
Tuesday: 3 lunches, 11:15–11:45, 11:45–12:15 and 12:15–12:45

Monroe Middle School, 2800 Bailey Lane
Wednesday: 2 lunches, 11:48–12:21 and 12:54–1:27

Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.
Thursday: 2 lunches, 11:45–12:15 and 12:40–1:10

Spencer Butte Middle School, 500 E. 43rd Ave.
Wednesday: 2 lunches, 11:53–12:28 and 12:52–1:27