There are many different ways to describe mentoring, but they all boil down to one thing: a positive, supportive relationship between a young person and a caring adult.
Definition of Mentoring
Mentoring is a one-on-one relationship of consistent contact between a volunteer and a child. The relationship sets out to build the child's self-esteem, teach life and/or academic skills, and to encourage the avoidance of negative behavior, so that the child grows into a productive adult.
Research has shown that children with mentors are less likely to do drugs and more likely to succeed in school. The numbers don't lie!
Mentors in school-based programs meet with their child on school property during the school day. Mentoring programs can differ by their focus: some emphasis relationship building, others focus more on improving academic skills, still others combine the two.
Interested in becoming a Mentor? Please contact:
Unique Programs, Staff and Student Support Department
Christina School District
Drew Educational Support Center
600 N. Lombard Street
Wilmington, DE 19801