Administrators

Volunteer Support In Your School

Could the students in your school use some additional one-on-one time with a caring adult? Do students in your school struggle with absenteeism or recurring behavior problems?

Mentoring can be a part of the solution. Research shows that…

  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. (Public/Private Ventures)
  • Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)
  • In addition to better school attendance and a better chance of going on to higher education, mentored youth maintain better attitudes toward school. (The Role of Risk, 2013)

MENTORS PROVIDE ONE-ON-ONE SUPPORT TO STUDENTS 

After proper screening and training, our mentors are carefully matched with a student for the school year. Matches meet one-on-one for one hour, once per week, at school during the school day. During that time, students and mentors spend time:

  • Reading
  • Playing games
  • Working on homework
  • Building social and emotional skills

The relationships built during this time provide the extra emotional, social and academic support every child needs to reach their full potential.

However, mentoring isn’t a quick fix. Big changes start small and take time. And, when we commit to a school community, we’re in it for the long haul.

PARTNERSHIP

Affinity Mentoring is dedicated to being a support to the school and community as a whole. We work closely with the school staff, parents and community partners to recruit volunteers and resources to meet the needs of the school. We are continually working to create a positive school environment where families feel comfortable and supported.

Looking for a community partner? We’re always looking for opportunities to align our work with the needs and interests of the school community. We also love to collaborate with other organizations working in the school to leverage resources and increase our collective capacity.

Contact us for more information. 
Laura Ward, Director
lward@affinitymentoring.org
616.406.3987

Have Questions? Call Us

616-406-3987