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Mentor Applications for the 2020 - 2021 School Year Are Now OPEN - Application Deadline December 1!
New mentors are needed to fill slots for incoming students in the program and for replacement mentor positions.
Since 2012, United Way of Pueblo County’s Middle School Mentoring Program has been connecting positive and caring adults with middle schoolers in our community. Through weekly communication, mentors help mentees cultivate character and strength by fostering relationships centered on trust, hope, and growth.
Our program has adapted to the changing landscape of education during a pandemic and has expanded mentoring to include remote options. We work closely with Pueblo School District 60 and Pueblo County School District 70 to ensure the safety and well-being of both mentors and mentees.
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.
Who are the MENTORS?
Think you have nothing to provide to help a youth in our community? Think again! All that is needed is a commitment to be there for one hour per week!
YOU can be a great mentor!
Our mentors are:
- At least 21 years of age
- Free of a criminal history/record
- Committed to a minimum of one school year and a maximum of three until student completes middle school
- Comfortable with technology
- Committed to weekly connections with a mentee, remotely or in-person at the school
- Good listeners and attentive to the needs of the mentee
- Willing to learn and grow
- For a complete list of requirements, view the Mentor Volunteer Description document by clicking here.
Who are the MENTEES?
Mentees are middle school students who can thrive and be successful with a little extra help and support from an adult role model outside of the classroom setting.
- Enrolled in participating middle schools in Pueblo School District 60 or Pueblo County School District 70
- Referred to program by school staff who collaborate with Program Coordinator to make compatible mentor-mentee matches
Remote mentoring opens the door for those who would not normally have the flexibility in their daily schedule to visit the school each week.
- Written letters
- Phone calls
- Text messages
- Video chats (such as Zoom or FaceTime)
All mentors receive ongoing support and guidance from the Program Coordinator, school staff, and school liaison.
At least two mentor development trainings are held during the year for ongoing education.
Up to two relationship building field trips are scheduled during the school year with an optional trip during the summer, as permitted by current health and safety guidelines.
The effect of a student having a mentor in their lives is seen in multiple aspects—many may be quantitative, such as the reduction in absenteeism and increased academic success, while other impacts may be qualititative as is the case in higher confidence levels and self-esteem, improved attitudes toward attending school, and effective decision making.
The United Way of Pueblo County Middle School Mentoring Program utilizes the following progress indicators:
- Academic achievement/grades
Over 75% of program participants have shown significant improvements in the progress indicator areas.
Mentors are significant and positive influencers of our youth; therefore, their role as such requires a sensitivity and willingness to engage in authentic conversations about topics that touch the lives of mentees. Mentors are positioned to frame the mindset of our younger generation and make a substantial impact on the course of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community and our country. Before mentors can effectively engage in those conversations with mentees, it is important they take inventory on their knowledge and assess where personal learning gaps exist.
MENTOR Colorado has an excellent list of resources that include virtual (and free!) instruction specific to mentoring, as well as many article and book recommendations that may be helpful to you: https://comentoring.org/racial-justice-resources/.
Safety Screening required for all potential mentors:
• Criminal History & Child Abuse Registry • References
• Personal Interview • Training
United Way of Pueblo County is a proud member of the Pueblo Mentoring Collaborative
The overall purpose of the Pueblo Mentoring Collaborative is to build on current resources and address gaps in mentoring by building a community-wide system for communication and engaging, supporting and sustaining quality mentoring for Pueblo youth, young adults and families. PMC was established in October of 2013 and is sponsored by House Bill 1451. PMC collaborates with MENTOR Colorado, our statewide mentoring resource and support organization.