By Amy Madden, Mentor Coordinator, Communities In Schools of Lakewood
Caring adults are urgently needed to mentor students in grades 4-12 who attend Clover Park schools. School counselors refer students to Communities In Schools who are struggling in school. These students need role models; adults who can spend one hour a week helping students to set and reach goals.
Was there a person who came into your life and empowered you to reach your goals? If so, maybe now is the time for you to do the same. Mentors meet once a week in a public place on their school campus. The hour they spend can mean the difference between a life of achievement and happiness or a life of disappointment and hardship. Who knows, that hour might changes your life as well. The hour you give could also inspire someone you know to become a mentor. Here is a profile of one of 32 students currently on our wait list, the majority of whom are boys:
Isaiah is a 5th grader who enjoys studying science, playing games, and reading about cops. When he grows up he would like to be a Police Officer. Isaiah was referred to us because his low self-esteem, stemming from poor parental support, is affecting his attitude about school. Not only that, but his communication skills–asking for help and expressing his feelings–are grossly underdeveloped. He would benefit from a mentor who could empower him, encouraging him to reach his goals and stay focused in the classroom.
If you are interested in mentoring this year, please download an application at www.lakewood.ciswa.org or contact Champions Mentor Coordinator Amy Madden at 589-7489.