In Grand Prairie ISD, school counselors and/or social workers oversee the Handprints on Hearts Mentoring Program at the campus level. Volunteer mentors are paired with a student or a small group of students in various grade levels at each campus. The mentor works to build relationships with the students and to offer encouragement and guidance to help mentee students reach their full potential as students and as individuals.
What is mentoring?
- The purpose of mentoring students is to help them along their path to becoming thoughtful, engaged, self-aware citizens.
- Mentoring is about encouragement and inspiration. It is about investing time and energy in other people because other people matter to us.
- Mentoring is about believing in the unlimited potential of every young person served while allowing them to reach their potential in their own unique time frame.
What are the benefits of mentoring?
Results of successful mentoring relationships showed that students experienced improved achievement rates, improved sociological and emotional support, enhanced skills development as well as greater personal growth.
SUCCESSFUL MENTORING RELATIONSHIP
ENHANCED SELF-ESTEEM OF THE STUDENT
EMPOWERED STUDENT, READY TO SUCCEED
Why should YOU become a Mentor?
- You have the potential to change a young person’s life
- Many of us are who we are today because someone decided to mentor us
To volunteer to be a mentor, please contact Dr. Blanca Sanchez McGee
Director of Social-Emotional Learning