Start a big sibling/little sibling program that matches older students with younger students to mentor and support them throughout the year.
Start a mentoring program for the youngest students at your school. Recruit volunteers from older grades to be matched with a mentee or two and support the mentors as they check in, help out, and answer questions. Offer opportunities for everyone to get together and meet the other mentors and mentees.
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- This project can also be expanded to new students who transfer to the school.
- Mentors and mentees can be matched by shared interest, like sports or music.
- Successful mentorships can result in improvements to students’ relationships with parents and teachers (Chan et al, 2013).
- Relationships with role-models in school settings have been linked to improved academic attitudes and self-esteem for students (Chan et al., 2013).
- Having a peer role-model or mentor can help reduce the rate of school dropout for at-risk students (Slicker & Palmer, 1993).