Mentoring Projects Coming To Houston Schools

The Houston Chronicle has an interesting story about a mentoring program that is coming to the Houston. As you know, I believe community comes first, and this program appears to be a very good approach at getting the community involved in educating the next generation. It’s a different approach to be sure. Providing what would potentially be classified as “at risk” kids with an adult role model, another positive voice in their life and one more layer of accountability, should be a good thing.

I look forward to watching this program and seeing the results.

Massive mentoring project targets Reagan, KIPP Northeast

In an effort that will rely on the Internet and an army of new volunteers, Big Brothers Big Sisters is launching its “mentor2.0 program” at Reagan High School and KIPP Northeast College Preparatory.

Piloted last year in Dallas, the approach adds online mentoring to its traditional program, which provides an adult role model to a child facing adversity.

“We saw this as a way to move into the digital age,” said Stephanie Palmer, marketing director for Big Brothers Big Sisters-Greater Houston.

Success of the Dallas program led the group to expand into five more cities nationwide this fall, including the two Houston campuses. Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking 240 volunteers to be mentors.

The organization is launching the new program at Reagan and KIPP Northeast for two reasons, Greater Houston President Ron Hadley said.

“KIPP and the Houston Independent School District are two of our educational partners, and we wanted to go where the greatest need is,” Hadley said. “The population at both of these schools has a high percentage of students at risk of dropping out.

“There are a lot of factors that can contribute to the risk of dropping out: family pressure, peer pressure, poor academic performance.”

Demographic factors, including low income, can play a role, too, Hadley said.

Read the rest of the article here.

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