A Deep dive into Mentoring… 10 Years of Sustainable Results and Good Neighbors!
Spring Branch ISD Located 12 miles west of downtown Houston 46 campuses Highly diverse student body –34,900 students –Economically diverse – high wealth, & high poverty –59% low income –57% Hispanic, 31% White, 6% African American, 6% Asian –33% Limited-English Proficient –52% At-Risk of not graduating from high school 600 SpringBoard Mentors on 30 campuses 100 Collegiate Challenge Mentors at 5 high schools
By 2017, SBISD will double the number of students completing a technical certificate, two-year degree or four-year degree.
Spring Branch ISD believes that a great school system: DEFINING SUCCESS builds on the strengths and gifts of each child, provides students from poverty the same opportunities for success after high school as students from non-poverty homes, instills in every student the belief that they can achieve more than they think possible, and assures that every adult in the system is committed to the successful completion of some form of higher education for every child.
Step I. Info-session… Building the Case for Mentoring
Texas median household income is 10 percent lower than the average for the 10 most populousstates.
Texas higher participation rate is lower than a decade ago, and lower than comparable states such as New York, California, Michigan and Illinois. education
Annual household is expected to decline by an estimated $30-40 billion by 2030. income
Texas seeks to close the gaps by increasing the number of degrees, certificates and other successesby 2015.identifiable
30% limited English proficient The Facts: Spring Branch ISD 34,900 students 55% minority 59% economically disadvantaged 30% mobility rates Limited exposure to college for some Lack of parent participation for most low income kids Some lack life experiences 52% at risk of not graduating from high school
Mentors help teach our children about Support Empowerment Boundaries Expectations Constructive use of time
Mentors help teach our children about Commitment to learning Positive values Social competencies Positive identity
Students with Mentors… Develop a positive attitude towards school Improve in grades, behavior and attendance Are more responsible Are more enthusiastic Exhibit more self-control Exhibit decreased hostility Strengthen interactions with peers
Schools with Mentoring Programs Experience… Improved campus climate Happier teachers Reduced campus discipline problems More students focused on positives More resources for community Better understanding of their students
Mentors Receive training first Meet once per week with mentee for 30 - 45 minutes Communicate by email when a visit is not possible Commit to school year time frame for mentoring Are not tutors
Mentors help supply the gift of hope to those they touch
How You Make a Difference Be a friend Build a relationship Promote T-2-4 Encourage strong future stories Connect school and real life Build: Problem solving skills Communication skills Deep analytical and questioning skills – web literacy Worldliness Fun!
The SBISD Mentoring Process Mentor Identification & Training –Cadre Approach –Partner & Campus Coordinators –Community Relations Team Support Recruit and train mentors Ongoing support, communication, training (Mentor U) Student Identification –Students on the brink of success –Mentors matched with students all in same grade –Same gender matches Parent Permission Flexibility built-in Ongoing Training (Mentor U) and Support
Expectations of Mentors Weekly VisitEmail when visit is not possible One school year commitment… But we hope you stay longer!
Step II. Training… Building Mentor Relationships Dos, Donts and Tips for Getting Started Not too Much Information too Soon –Big Picture –Understanding the Kids –Understanding the Rules –Understanding the Logistics
Thinking Back What was it like for you when you were the age of your mentee?
Mentoring Dos Be consistent Be yourself Be a good listener Be honest, patient and forgiving Be encouraging Be realistic Respect cultural, social and religious differences Maintain confidentiality (understand exceptions)
Mentoring Donts Leave student alone or leave school with the student Give gifts Meet with student behind closed doors Expect to change mentees life overnight Overstay your visit
Mentoring Donts Hesitate to ask for help from campus personnel Join in with a mentees criticism of family, school or friends. Do be a problem solver Give out personal information until you are ready
The Culture of Poverty Mentors bring knowledge of the middle classs hidden rules that enable students to fit into school and work environments Planning/Goal Setting Communication Children of poverty are often extremely resilient and great problem solvers
Getting Acquainted Learn how to pronounce each others names, and establish what you will call each other Ask open-ended questions to learn more about your mentee Help set goals for your relationship and for how you will spend time together Sit side by side – not across!
Getting Started Begin by setting expectations for the day Understand the typical attention span of your student Have several activities planned, just in case Provide ample notice of how much more time you have together for the visit
Ending Your Session Have closing conversation with student and celebrate something great about your visit Alert school personnel to any issues concerns, or celebrations Share any logistical concerns/issues with the mentor coordinator
Activity Recommendations Explore on the computer Read a book Basketball Crafts Scrapbooks Take pictures Community service projec Board games or cards Talk about careers Library Take a walk Tell stories about your past Share things about your respective cultures Let your mentee teach you words in his/her language
Goal Setting Short term goals –Getting over the fear of water Intermediate goals –Making the high school swim team Long-term goals –College on a swimming scholarship
Goal Setting Role play –Help the child be a problem solver Support your student in finding his or her future story Make sure it is their dream and not yours
Campus Logistics Weekly Sessions Email when visit isnt possible Call or email before your session Sign in and out at Front Office Meet in designated mentoring locations
Next Steps Complete online Mentor Application and Volunteer Registration at http://springboard.springbranchisd.com http://springboard.springbranchisd.com Attend the mixer event on your campus. Meet with your mentee and enjoy! Building Mentor Relationships Dos, Donts and Tips for Getting Started
Step III. Ongoing Support Mentor U Mentoring Matters Book Studies Robust Website Engagement at Partnership Level - Promoting Good Neighbors