Middle School Mentoring Program

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The United Way Middle School Mentoring Program will continue to work to establish meaningful relationships with mentors and students across Pueblo County. Plans for the 2020-2021 school year are in development. If you are interested in joining as mentor for the 2020-2021 school year, click here.  Additional mentors are continually sought to begin filling slots for incoming students in the program and for replacement mentor positions. 
Mentors typically spent time with their student, during the lunch hour at the school. The hour might be spent helping the student with homework, providing encouragement, problem solving, providing an ear for students who need a positive adult role model in their life, playing a fun game or even shooting some hoops. Due to COVID-19, the Middle School Mentoring Program moved to remote operations with PenPal letter writing projects to keep mentees engaged with their mentees during this difficult times. Additional strategies are being developed to maintain the relationships and support system built through this program for students in need.
The 2019 - 2020 school year began with over 120 mentors working with students in six schools: Heaton Middle School, Liberty Point International School, Pueblo Academy of Arts, Roncalli STEM Academy, Risley International Academy of Innovation, and Vineland Middle School. Mentors are initially paired with an incoming 6th grader and follow the student into the 7th and 8th grade.


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Fall 2020 - End of the School Year


Remote/Online and at Participating District 60 and 70 Middle Schools


Mentors are asked to spend just 1 hour per week with their student during the lunch hour through the duration of the program


Adults who are available one hour a week to mentor a student. Having time, being committed and attentive while with the student are crucial.

Safety Screening required for all potential mentors:
• Criminal History & Child Abuse Registry • References
• Personal Interview • Training

In January 2012, United Way of Pueblo County began a pilot mentorship program in coordination with Heaton Middle School aimed at pairing nurturing adults as positive mentors with 6th grade students. After evaluating the one semester pilot, the program showed signs of success including improvements in behavior, grades and test scores and was expanded upon to reach additional students.


To enrich the lives of Pueblo middle school students by providing opportunities to build relationships with nurturing adults who empower and encourage them through one-to-one mentoring.


That all Pueblo middle school students have access to nurturing mentors who help them develop into confident, responsible, and positive members of our community.


Thank you to our 2019-2020 Middle School Mentors!

Want More Information to Get Involved?
Contact United Way at 719-225-8580
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