BISD Recognizes Mentors' Contributions

BISD Recognizes Mentors' Contributions
Posted on 12/20/2017
As the nation marks Mentor Month in January, Boerne ISD expresses gratitude for the extraordinary support and selfless contributions made by the community, businesses, and Boerne ISD Staff and PTOs, to the Mentor Program.  

With the local program celebrating its tenth year and marking rapid growth, Boerne mayor Mike Schultz recently signed a proclamation encouraging citizens “to join in and support our community of mentors who aim to build a bright future for today’s youth and encourages organizations, businesses, and churches in Boerne to engage their constituents and members to mentor.” 

Exposure to and involvement in a caring and positive relationship provides the skills and tools necessary to motivate and prepare students for graduation and beyond.  Through mentoring, students and adults are more connected to each other, school, and community; hence building a stronger and healthier world!  

The Mentoring Effect: Young Peoples Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring, a compelling report, finds that youth with mentors experience significant positive outcomes yet one in three young people will reach adulthood without a mentor, according to the website Mentor.org.  

“I know with absolute confidence, we are doing something right by kids with our mentor program,” says Boerne Middle School North principal Tommy Hungate, whose campus benefits from mentor interaction.  “Whether it's guidance, positive influence with academics or just love and care they display in the kind words and gestures, there is no doubt our mentors are making a difference.”

School-based volunteer mentors are caring and compassionate friends who pledge to meet with a student up to an hour per week during the school day.  They are parents, teachers, local business leaders and professionals, retirees, students, artists, musicians, friends, relatives, and your neighbors. They enjoy lunch together, shoot hoops, play games, read a book, or simply share stories.  

Upon application and background check approval, volunteers receive orientation and formal training with continued support, communication, and resources for a successful mentoring experience. 

Boerne ISD invites you to become involved in the life of a child by becoming a school-based volunteer mentor.  Why not make mentoring one of your meaningful resolutions to make the difference we know impacts lives. For volunteer opportunities, call BISD Parent & Community Involvement Coordinator, Elizabeth Nolen, 830-357-2055 or elizabeth.nolen@boerneisd.net.  To learn more about National Mentoring Month, go to www.nationalmentoringmonth.org
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