Many individual volunteers as well as groups focus on mentoring efforts in support of LRSD students. It doesn't matter how you get involved, we just want you to get involved!
Individuals can customize their experience according to their skills or interests. Students of all ages are eager to be placed with a mentor.
We will help you find the best opportunity for you!
Students are matched with caring adults who commit to spend an hour a week helping them to reach their full potential by providing them with a positive role model and friend.
Mentors prepare by attending an hour long orientation and then attend other follow-up training sessions offered throughout the year to help make sure they are equipped with the resources and latest information to support them on the mentoring journey.
Our hope is that we can match students with caring mentors who are willing to give a little of their time to make a positive impact on the life of a child. When you consider that throughout the course of a week, the average American spends about six hours shopping, 18 hours watching television and nearly two hours checking e-mail, finding time to mentor one hour is not a huge time commitment and the rewards are great.
National research shows that men and women involved in mentoring programs:
- Returned to work happier.
- Were more appreciative of youth from diverse backgrounds.
- Improved their own values and belief system.
- Felt good about themselves for impacting a child's life.
- Were more patient, and improved their relationships at work and home.
Children who are mentored are:
- 46% less likely to use drugs.
- 52% less likely to skip school.
- 33% less likely to get into fights.
For students, having a mentor is about having a trusted adult to lean on, learn from and laugh with. For mentors it's about being a positive role model and friend.
Click here to learn more about Elder and Child mentoring program.