All in-person volunteering is suspended until further notice.

SSV has restructured our School-Based Mentoring Program to enable volunteers to connect with students remotely. The program remains intrinsically the same with the exception that sessions will be remote and there is a stronger emphasis on small group versus one-to-one meetings.

The need for one-on-one mentoring is clear, but only 5 percent of the youth in need of a mentor in Springfield are connected with one through a formal program. SSV’s School-Based Mentoring Program matches students in the Springfield Public Schools with caring adults who serve as positive role models and trusted friends.  Mentors meet with students at school once a week. The expected minimum commitment is one school year.

The goals of the mentoring program are to:

  • promote academic achievement and consistent attendance at school
  • help students make successful transition from one grade level to the next
  • increase the graduation rate of participating students
  • positively impact social emotional learning

Why Mentoring?

Research has shown that quality mentoring programs can positively impact youth development and that youth with mentors are more likely to have:

  • fewer absences from school
  • better attitudes toward school
  • fewer incidents of violence
  • less drug and alcohol use
  • more positive attitudes toward their elders and toward helping in general, and
  • improved relationships with their parents

Training is required and is offered at various times throughout the year. Contact us for more information.

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