A mentor is a caring, compassionate adult who chooses to devote their time to a young person. Mentors offer support, guidance, and encouragement. If you can donate one hour per month through two mentor sessions, you can change a life by helping a child build confidence, a solid foundation of values, establish goals, and improve their academic and life skills.
One of the proven success factors of Take Stock in Children Sarasota is the role of the mentor. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Mentors connect a young person to personal growth and development, along with social and economic opportunity.
Students with mentors are 55% less likely to skip school, 78% more like likely to volunteer, and 90% are interested in becoming a mentor one day.
Mentoring sessions range from 20-45 minutes. In-person mentoring occurs at a school near your home or workplace, during school hours. Virtual mentoring occurs via the Take Stock App. Group mentoring occurs in-person at a school site or virtually through a zoom meeting.
Complete the mentor application online. Fingerprinting and a background check will be required prior to a mentor meeting their mentee. Take Stock in Children Sarasota mentors learn the principles and guidelines of academic-focused mentoring through an orientation session and receive a manual that contains tools for addressing the general needs of their students. Ongoing mentor support and training are provided.