The Milford School District is currently implementing a mentoring program in the Senior High School to provide students with encouragement from strong adult role models. Craig Warrington, District Mentor Coordinator, is facilitating the Milford Motivation Program with the hope of expanding the services to the entire District. The target students for the program will be those individuals who have struggled on the Delaware State Testing Program and those who are identified as lacking some level of home support.
The program will pair mentors with high school students to form a strong, supportive bond. The primary role for each mentor is to support the student in academics and help develop a positive self-concept. The relationship between mentor and student is much aligned with the big brother/big sister conecept.
“By providing a caring and unconditional friendship we hope to provide a strong role model and encouragement so that students can maximize their potential,” commented Mr. Warrington.
The goals of the program are academic growth, as measured on their school transcripts, improved attendance and a decrease in discipline referrals.
Mr. Warrington is asking individuals and businesses in the community to assist in the Milford Motivation Mentoring Program by becoming mentors themselves. Mentors meet with their mentee weekly for 1 hour which can include a school visit, phone call, community contact or planned social and recreational gatherings scheduled through the mentoring program. Mentors are asked to commit to this relationship for at least a full year.
The district plans to support this relationship through initial training and ongoing monthly recreational/social events, as well as, meetings throughout the year.
“As a mentor myself, I have found many rewards over the years. It is always nice to get away from work for that hour to do something out of the ordinary,” stated Mr. Warrington.
Recruitment for the program will begin in September, but Craig urges any interested party to get involved now. A face to face visit, attending staff meetings and community functions are beneficial to the recruiting process. The Milford Motivation Program makes an effort to support the mentors throughout the year and recognize them for their efforts. With monthly support meeting, activities and an end of the year celebration the Mentoring Program hopes to inspire mentors to continue with their mentee as they progress through their educational career.
Businesses and individuals alike are encouraged to participate in the program. By committing a number or employees to act as mentors, “businesses have seen rewards through increased production and staff morale,” commented Mr. Warrington. To get involved with the Milford Mentoring Program contact Craig Warrington at 422-1640, ext. 213 or firstname.lastname@example.org.