What is mentoring?
Members of the community are matched with at-risk students to provide a positive role model in a one-on-one relationship. Mentors help improve a student's self esteem and attitude toward learning.
What does at-risk mean?
Students who are at-risk of dropping out of school as a result of socio-economic and academic factors such as slow motivation, poor test scores, high mobility, limited English proficiency, and single parent households.
What is the time commitment?
Mentors meet with their students on a regularly scheduled basis one hour a week for one school year. Mentoring may take place during the lunch hour or at any time during the school day.
How will Northside ISD prepare me for mentoring?
Mentor orientation sessions are provided at the school campus and run 1 1/2 to 2 hours in length. We believe it is important for mentors to have an understanding of the District's goals and beliefs, as well as their role in this partnership.
Does mentoring require any special skills?
Each session is loosely structured to provide the maximum opportunity for developing student trust. Occasionally, the teacher may ask that you assist in a particular subject area, however this is not the purpose of the mentoring program. Guidelines and a list of suggested activities will be provided during the orientation. Your life skills and experiences will provide the rest.
Who is eligible to apply?
Everyone is a potential mentor. Students will benefit most by having access to a wide range of individuals and disciplines Personnel at all levels of the corporate ladder are encouraged to apply.
How do I learn more about mentoring?
Call the Partnerships Office at (210) 397-8599.
Student safety is paramount in NISD. Mentors and other volunteers must complete Criminal History Authorization (CHA) forms, available in both English and Spanish at the right. Fax the CHA form to the NISD Partnerships Office at (210) 706-8846. For more information, call Norma Rabago at (210) 397-8599.
The CHA with an authorized signature permits NISD to conduct a background check prior to clearing an individual to participate in NISD mentor programs as required by NISD Policies and Procedures.