Middle school students with high absentee rates, low grades, unsettling home life or other challenges to school success get some help from college students. College student mentors visit young students at school and even in their classroom to assist them in schoolwork, social interactions and thinking about their future.
Each mentor works with a middle school student throughout the school year. Together they set at least one goal for improvement for the young student. The goal may be educational, behavioral or social. As they get to know each other, the mentor also shares the benefits of going to college and the work needed to get there. The mentor may also talk with the student’s teachers and parents to discuss more ideas for the student’s success.
Forward in the Fifth works with colleges and universities to initiate the program. It provides orientation, a timeline, forms and ongoing support. A representative from the college or university recruits the mentors and acts as the liaison for the mentoring program to the middle school. The middle school selects the students, permits the mentor to attend class with the student and provides transportation for a visit to the college at the end of the school year.
- University of Pikeville
- Union College
- Lindsey Wilson College
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- ‘Champion Scholars’ peer mentoring program serving middle school students in five Pike County schools
For more information about becoming involved in a mentoring program, contact Forward in the Fifth.