Worcester youth and Family is introducing a new mentor program that will help students who are struggling academically and socially. Worcester county children in grades 1-12 will be matched with a volunteer mentor who will help them improve academic performance and obtain social skills necessary for greater success in life. Mentors will receive about 10 hours of training by Worcester Youth and Family and be matched with students identified by the Worcester County Public School System as needing better outcomes. To be eligible, students must be struggling academically showing signs of disengagement through truancy, special needs, living in poverty, or being bullied/harassed.
Volunteer mentors will be asked to commit to the program for at least one year and will meet with their mentee at least twice per month. An additional monthly meeting will include group sessions designed to focus on specific challenges or to learn helpful mentoring tools. Mentors will be asked to provide one-on one guidance, coaching and friendship to their mentee and maintain communication with the child’s parents or guardians on progress. Mentors are not required to hold any special or advanced degrees in education or social services and are only asked to be supportive of the children enrolled in the program.