On Tuesday, June 14 the Milford Motivation Program held their appreciation lunch for mentors and corporate partners involved in the 2010-2011 school year. District Mentor Coordinator Craig Warrington enjoyed another successful year with over 70 mentors participating.
“The data once again shows the program is a success,” commented Mr. Warrington. “Among the students who were mentored there was a decrease in disciplinary actions and an increase in academic performance and attendance.”
The Milford Motivation Program paired 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 concept.
The target students for the program are individuals who have struggled on the Delaware State Testing Program and those who are identified as lacking some level of home support. The goals of the program are academic growth, as measured on their school transcripts, improved attendance and a decrease in discipline referrals.
Guest Speaker Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn, a strong supporter and a mentor himself, expressed his gratitude for the Milford Motivation Program. “Thanks to this community demonstrating how important mentoring is for children many students have had the opportunity to succeed,” commented Lieutenant Governor Denn.
Sharon Kanter, Superintendent of Milford School Districts, and Craig Warrington presented Lt. Governor Matt Denn and corporate sponsors with a token of appreciation to show their gratitude. Partner recognitions included Wal-Mart, Discover Bank, Connecting Generations, Communities in Schools and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
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.
Recruitment for the program will begin in September, but Mr. Warrington urges any interested party to get involved now. 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 the 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.