Purpose of Program
The purpose is to implement a mentoring process for students who may need a little extra help with academics and life skills, in the Appleton Area School District. The goal of this process will be to help those children to develop a sense of identity and purpose, strengthen family connections, learn about opportunities in the community and connect more with the community, understand the purpose of school and assist them with developing goals regarding peer/teacher/family interactions as well as school behavior, participation and performance. Student will also develop future goals, including potential career goals and start taking the steps necessary to reach these goals. Each student will develop and identify with a personal brand and develop necessary 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creative thinking.
Goal of the program
To provide support for children who may need extra assistance, with academics and life skills within the Appleton Area School District and empower them to be successful. This will include improved grades, improved classroom behavior, increased involvement within the community, and a higher since or feeling of their own self value.
Mentors will meet with school administration and staff at Jefferson Elementary schools in the Appleton Area School District in order to identify students that would benefit from this type of mentor process. These students will engage in a group sessions, once a week. Individual students from the group, will also receive one-on-one mentoring, as well as in class help with the students class work.
Mentors will connect with teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, counselors, social workers, and school psychologists in order to create a connected support group for the student. These school employees are encouraged to voice and concerns, give feedback on progress, and will receive communication on goals and progress regarding the students.
Mentors will also connect with each student’s family in order to develop a collaborative effort. The mentor will act as a liaison between the students/families and community opportunities and events.