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According to Webster, “a mentor is a close, trusted, and experienced guide who, being detached can hold up a mirror to us…”
Mentoring can best be described as a relationship between a committed, caring, experienced adult and an inexperienced young person who lacks focus. Where there has been a lack of success in school, feelings of achievement may begin; where there has been no joy learning, the excitement of discovery may be stimulated; where there has been no future goal, ambition and aspiration are new desires; and the student awakens to a new beginning.
The Mentor Program began as a result of concerns by the Board of Education and Altus Task Force 2000 about the number of students within our school system who needed time, attention, and direction by a non-judgmental, supportive adult.
During the 1991-92 school year three exemplary mentor programs were reviewed in an effort to design a program for Altus Public Schools that would successfully meet the needs of our students. An appointed committee designed the program that was piloted at Altus Intermediate School during the 1993-94 school year. Totals of 19 students were matched with mentors and became the first in Altus to experience the mentor/mentee relationship and the possibilities such a partnership can provide.
Believing that all students can be productive citizens, the Altus Public Schools Mentor Program is designed to increase their opportunities for success.
The mentoring relationship can best be described as a relationship between a committed, caring, experienced adult and an inexperienced young person who lacks direction and focus. Through the guidance and counsel of a thoughtful adult, the young person receives selective attention and inspiration. Where there has been a lack of success in school, feelings of achievement may begin; where there has been no joy of learning, the excitement of discovery may be stimulated; where there has been no future goal, ambition and aspiration are new desires; and where the strain of poverty has been stifling, education becomes an awakening to a better life.
WHAT IS MENTORING
1. Provide a caring, sincere and committed model of behavior for the studentTYPES OF MENTORS
The Mentor as a FRIEND will strive to:
The Mentor as a TUTOR will strive to:
MENTOR SELECTION PROCESS
Who Can Be a Mentor? Almost anyone can be a mentor! However, to be an effective mentor, you must have certain characteristics and interests. The effective mentor is one who:
If one feels he/she has these traits, then he/she is ready to begin the process of becoming a mentor.
REVIEW OF PROCEDURE
1. Submit application
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