Academic Mentoring which provides tutoring after school to students in 7th through 9th grades who have been identified by their teachers and guidance counselors as needing academic support. The tutoring is done by the students in 10th through 12th grade and not only does this provide the students in the younger grades with academic support but it also helps them adjust to the new school setting and act as a support system as they make the adjustments from middle school to junior high. It provides children with a friend they can talk to, gain support from and help alleviate fears and pressure that sometimes make this transition difficult for a new student.
We believe that mentoring is the very beginning of prevention with at-risk children. Mercer County Mentoring simply offers a helping hand and some positive direction for children between the ages of five and fifteen, who are at-risk of getting into trouble, need extra support or who may come from a single parent home that may not have a parent of their gender in their life.
Having someone there, who cares for them and takes the time to listen, and guide them makes a tremendous difference in their lives. It provides them with the support they need to make changes that lead to positive outcomes in their family relationships, academics and their self-confidence. By sharing fun activities and exposing a child to new experiences, a mentor encourages positive choices, promotes high self-esteem, supports academic achievement and introduces the young person to new ideas. A mentor can help a young person plan a school project, set career goals and start taking steps to realize them.
A mentor can also guide a child to make healthy choices about day to day life, from food to exercise and beyond. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor or learning more about our program call our office at 724-856-1485 to get more details and/or for an application to sign up to make a difference in the life of a child in our community.