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Performance Accountability with Students Mentoring Program

Mission:

The P.A.W.S Mentoring Program strives to foster positive relationships between public
school students and teacher mentors. The mentors seek to support families and help improve the students' chance of succeeding academically and socially. 

Description:

The PAWS Mentoring Program matches teachers with middle school and high school students. Twice per month, mentors will meet with their group of students at determined upon times such as before school, during lunch, or after school to discuss academics, attendance, behavioral concerns, and social-emotional health. Mentors will be expected to meet with their students one to two hours a month and maintain accurate records of these meetings. The teacher mentors serve as role models and become stable and reliable resource for their students.

Our Objectives:

  • To provide positive role models for identified youth.
  • Enhance the self-esteem of students by providing positive feedback and support services.
  • Encourage the academic success of students in at-risk situations.
  • Problem-solve behavioral concerns and seek to implement positive behavior supports.
  • Identify attendance/lateness concerns and provide resources and supports to resolve chronic absenteeism.

Our Goal:

  • Change student paradigms and develop positive attitudes toward school
  • Increase academic achievement
  • Develop positive peer relationships
  • Improve student attendance and/or lateness.
  • Reduce discipline infractions and improve student behaviors
  • Boost levels of self-confidence and inspire self-determination skills

Mentor's Role :

A mentor is defined as a caring teacher, who listens, understands, responds and offers support and advice. Many students have a greater need for positive role models than for critics. This is especially true for students with low self-esteem. Mentors can be extremely effective sources of learning. Their roles can assist in numerous ways, including, but not limited to:

  • Providing a model of correct behavior for a student to emulate.
  • Developing a positive belief in the benefits of education.
  • Clarifying values that lead to more positive attitudes.
  • Developing problem-solving skills.
  • Assisting in the development of short and long-term goals.
  • Providing consistency in chaotic or stressful situations.

Mentor Professional Responsibilities:

  • Plan group and/or individual agendas for your assigned students.
  • Review grades, attendance, and discipline concerns with students individually and strategize how to improve in identified areas.
  • Review Mentee Profile sheets, and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Utilize sign in sheets to document meetings dates and times
  • Maintain accurate sign in and time sheets that are turned in on a monthly basis for stipend.