Academic Mentoring provides tutoring after school to students in 7th and 8th 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 to alleviate fears and pressure that sometimes make this transition difficult for a new student.
“Mercer County Mentoring has provided service leadership, mentoring, documentation and real life experience for the students who attend the weekly program. The program has helped our students improve completion of homework, grades, and understanding concepts. The program has also helped build relationships between students, not just at grade level, but also identifying positive role models for younger students.” ~Debbie Wiech, School Counselor Grades 7-9, Ellwood City Area School District