Mentoring In Schools

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 Mentoring-in-Schools Program

The Enfield Public School Mentoring Program is currently seeking caring adult volunteers to mentor students in grades 3-6. 

This program is strictly school-based.  Volunteers are paired with students who are experiencing difficulties with self-esteem, attendance, academics, and/or social issues.  Mentors commit to spend one hour per week, one-on-one with their mentee at their school.  This is not a tutoring program.  Our current mentors use this time in any way which is special to the pair—playing games, doing crafts, shooting hoops, sharing hobbies, and talking about their week.  Activities generally occur first thing in the morning (8:30-9:30), or during the student’s lunchtime.

No special skills are required—being a good listener is enough.  Our mentoring team has students, retirees, business people, stay-at-home parents, firefighters, and police officers. All Enfield schools have waiting lists for mentors, so we can work to place you in a school that is convenient to your home or workplace.  We have an especially acute need for male mentors.

Volunteers must be 18 years or older.  For the safety of our students, prospective mentors must provide a valid government-issued photo ID and be willing to be fingerprinted.  Additionally, mentors must attend a two-hour training session.  These group training courses are regularly scheduled; however, special arrangements can be made for individuals or groups from a particular employer.

If you are interested in learning more about mentoring in Enfield, please contact us at either 860-253-6552 or 860-253-6557.