Need A Mentor?
Creative Mentoring is a program of Connecting Generations that supports in-school mentoring programs in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties of Delaware. They provide mentor training to in-school volunteers, as well as help schools design and implement quality in-school mentoring programs.
Mrs. Pricilla Artist has been the mentor coordinator at Alexis I. duPont since the beginning, in 2013. During this short but important span, there have been 114 mentees serviced and partnered with 80 mentors, from both inside and outside the school. Currently at AIMS there are 22 mentees and 26 mentors. Mrs. Artist has said, “If it were in my power, I would give every student a mentor, because I have found it to be very true that, a positive relationship can and does make a difference in a young person’s life. I have had the opportunity to see it first hand.”
Seventeen of the currently twenty-six mentors at AIMS are active teachers in the building. One of these folks is Antionette Chavis - a Sixth-grade ELA teacher. Ms. Chavis says of her experience, “Education is my passion, and if I can help a student find their way, then I am more than happy to do so. Sometimes, students do not have access to someone that they can talk to or confide in If I can be that person, then it fills me with such joy and pride to be able to be there for my students. I remember what it was like being a young adult; if I could have had a mentor to guide me through the tough times and show me the way, that would have been a beautiful thing. Giving back is what it is all about. So, I am grateful that I have the opportunity to be a mentor and I am proud to say that I am a mentor. “
According to Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership, mentoring has significant positive effects on two early warning indicators leading to students ‘falling off track’: high levels of absenteeism and recurring behavior problems. Having a mentor has led to students being, 55% more likely to enroll in college, 52% less likely to skip school and 37% less likely to skip a class. Mentoring, shows young people that someone cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity.”
Connecting Generations/ Creative Mentoring at AI Middle.
During Mentor Appreciation Month, We Celebrated and Appreciated the many Mentors that come through the doors of A I Middle School, even some of our teachers mentor an assigned student 1 on 1, 30 mins to 1 hour, 1 day A week.
A special thanks to all the Parents and Staff that came out to share in the celebration. No one went home empty handed.
Mentoring Does Work!!!
If you are interested in becoming a mentor Please contact
Mrs. Priscilla Artist 302-651-2690 ×134 or Priscilla.firstname.lastname@example.org