S2 is seeking volunteers interested in making a difference in the life of a middle-schooler. Research shows that having a quality mentor has a positive effect on children, yet many never get the experience of having a concerned adult in their lives. Dr. Robert Balfanz, Director of the Everyone Graduates Center at the Center for Social Organization of Schools, Johns Hopkins University, says that “a high quality mentoring relationship can be a game changer for these students. We’ve seen how sustained supports from adults serving in schools...can turn around lives and help turn around schools.” Read more here.
S2's mentor program has been going strong for two years. Our past volunteers have shared much from their experiences and we continue to improve the program with their feedback.
Mentoring has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences I have ever had. I didn’t expect to learn so much about myself and others. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything! I look forward to coming back next year.
The mentoring program was a great chance to get to really know one of the students, to hear his life stories and concerns, and to help a little with them. Plus to have some fun!