January was National Mentoring Month. Mentors help children build confidence, gain knowledge and develop the strength of character to succeed inside and outside of the classroom.
Pinellas County Schools has 3,012 active mentors who have given 56,777 hours of their time to the district’s students. Mentors include parents, teachers, businessmen and women, teachers, coaches and the clergy. A one-hour investment of time with a Pinellas County Schools student results in a lifetime of returns, for both our students and our mentors.
“We understand the importance of mentors to student success,” said Superintendent Michael A. Grego. “Whether it’s reading to a student or a class for 30 minutes or assisting at a school event, mentors give us an added level of support in our mission to prepare each student for college, career and life. Mentors are valuable members of the Pinellas County Schools team.”
Studies have shown that students with mentors are less likely to use illegal drugs and alcohol and are less likely to skip school. Mentors have decreased student discipline problems while having increased academic achievement!
“We have concrete evidence to the value of spending time mentoring with our students and in our schools,” said Dr. Valerie Brimm, director of the district’s Office of Strategic Partnerships. “There are many opportunities in the district to help shape the lives of children and our community.”
As part of Mentoring Month, this district hosted mentoring workshops on January 21, 2015 in St. Petersburg, and Largo.
To learn more about Pinellas County Schools' mentoring opportunities, contact Michelle Roberge at email@example.com or call 727-588-5050.