Mentoring Across Broward
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Mentoring Across Broward, the District’s comprehensive mentoring initiative, addresses many of the concerns expressed by students, parents, school staff and community stakeholders who are looking for ways to provide opportunities for all students to benefit from mentoring relationships with caring peers and adults.
Mentoring Across Broward, which operates within the Department of Equity and Academic Attainment, uses a multi-tiered approach to leverage school and community-based mentoring resources to better serve the needs of students. Youth Mentoring Programs will continue to provide mentoring opportunities for individuals and organizations to meet one-on-one and in small groups with students on school campuses during the school day.
This refocusing of mentoring resources also assists in the development and implementation of School Mentoring Initiatives to address the needs of specific populations of students and draw on the expertise of school administrators and community stakeholders to support identified student populations.
Mentoring Across Broward is leveraging the support of Community Mentoring Programs to provide a mentor for every student who can benefit from a positive mentoring relationship. Mentoring organizations that deliver community-based services that adhere to national best practices for effective mentoring programs will be included in a database for parents, students and school staff who are looking for additional mentoring opportunities for students.
It is estimated that at least 10 percent of the District’s approximately 271,000 students could benefit from spending quality time with a caring adult in a mentoring relationship. We know that youth who are engaged in mentoring relationships are more likely to avoid destructive behaviors and less likely to drop out of school. Mentoring is an easy, accessible and meaningful way of getting involved in education and supporting our schools. If you want to make a difference in the life of a child, consider becoming a mentor.
Interested individuals must be prepared to make a commitment to meet with assigned student(s) either one-on-one or in small groups for one hour per week. Mentors are required to complete a security background check including fingerprinting as the first step. There is no charge to the mentor for the security background check, but you must complete an online form and make a reservation to have fingerprints done at Broward County Public Schools Administrative Building.
Once the security background process has been successfully completed you will be asked to complete a mentor application and attend a mentor training session. Cleared and trained mentors are then assigned to a school. All mentoring takes place on the school campus during the school day unless the mentoring program selected offers approved, alternative, on-site afterschool mentoring.
Contact the Office of Equity and Academic Attainment at 754-321-1600 to begin the process of becoming a mentor in Broward County Public Schools.
Complete the mentoring application and email/scan or fax to Wanda Robinson, 754-321-1645. Once received, email confirmation and instructions for fingerprinting and orientation will be sent to you.
School-based mentoring is an opportunity for individual schools to create a program unique to their location. Many of the mentors are essential staff at the school.
If you'd like to implement a school-based mentoring program, please contact Wanda Robinson at 754-321-1600 for additional information, training and/or assistance.
District-based mentoring is an opportunity for District employees and/or departments to partner with schools to create a program that is unique to their location.
If you are a District employee or department interested in participating, please contact Wanda Robinson at 754-321-1600 for additional information, training and/or assistance.
Community mentoring organizations provide mentoring services in the community and are not school-based. Each program has its own application, recruitment, training and screening process that aligns with the National Mentoring Program's best practice standards. Examples of time scheduled with mentor/mentee include but are not limited to weekend, after-school and group activities. Program Management is not a part of daily school function or administration.
For more information, visit Community-based Mentoring or contact Jabrina Thompson, 754-321-1600.
Faith-based mentoring is an opportunity for religious organizations to partner with schools to create a program that is unique to their location. The organizations do not use this opportunity as a way to recruit or promote their messages, but rather be a beacon of outreach for the community.
If you are a religious organization and are interested in partnering with a school, please contact Jabrina Thompson at 754-321-1600 for additional information.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council is comprised of nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
These organizations all possess a youth mentoring component and would like to support our students. If your school is interested in Pan-Hellenic mentoring or you are a Pan-Hellenic organization interested in mentoring in a school, please contact Wanda Robinson at 754-321-1600 for additional information, training and/or assistance.
Partnership Mentoring Programs
In addition to its cornerstone District Mentoring Program, which is open to anyone interested in mentoring public school students, Broward County Public Schools also supports a variety of partnership mentoring organizations that provide mentors for our students. Each partnership mentoring program falls under the umbrella of the Broward County Public Schools District Mentoring Program; however, these programs recruit and train mentors to support students and schools that have been specifically identified to receive the individual program’s services.
While mentors participating in partnership mentor programs must comply with the Broward County Public School application and security clearance process, the supported mentoring organizations work directly with the mentor, review program applications and make decisions regarding acceptance in the program, school assignments and student matches. The services provided by the partnership mentoring programs extend the capacity of the District to meet the needs of the many students who can benefit from being paired with a mentor.
Whether it is matching college students with youngsters who are struggling with math and reading, providing young girls with access to successful, interesting women or matching mentees with a caring adult to fill a void in the child’s life, these programs are important assets. Some students who participate in the featured mentoring programs may qualify for scholarships to pursue post-secondary education opportunities.
Latinos in Action
The Latinos in Action class focuses on academics, culture, service and leadership, and is facilitated through middle and high schools.
The course is an elective credit designed to motivate Hispanic students to complete their high school education and attend college.
The program covers four major areas:
College readiness, personal development, biculturalism and professionalism.
- Literacy tutoring opportunities at nearby elementary and middle schools.
- An exploration of cultural heritage through literary and performing arts.
- Leadership opportunities through student-led service, social and professional committees.
For more information, please contact Mike Ramirez in the Office of School Performance and Accountability, 754-321-3838.
Mentoring ModelsPeer-to-Peer Mentoring
Peer-to-Peer mentoring offers students the opportunity to mentor each other and serve as a guide, a helping hand, a sounding board and/or referral source. Peer mentors provide support, encouragement and information to other students. The benefits of the peer mentoring relationship is that the peer mentor can share real life experiences that have led to academic and personal success; they can also give advice on coursework, school culture, academic mapping and community support.
Examples of this mentoring model include high school students mentoring middle or elementary school students, and high-achieving students mentoring struggling students.Individual
A mentor is an older, more experienced individual who seeks to further the development of character and competence in a younger person. He or she is committed to expending the time and energy necessary to help the student succeed in school. A mentor is an effective listener, helping a student identify and set long term goals, concentrate on strength as a framework for overcoming weaknesses.
A mentor serves as a responsible role model for the student who may not have other positive role models.Group Mentoring
The group mentoring model involves one or more mentors and at least two mentees. Group mentoring programs offer activities that develop student skills and offer positive interactions. Although structured as a group, learning is individual and each mentee works on his/her individual learning needs and development goals.