Embedded Mentoring Program
As we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and the compounding consequences of student learning loss, mental health impact, sustained trauma and isolation, and heightened anxiety, our students and educators have returned to school buildings with a need for a more robust network of support to meet these challenges. There is a critical need for programs which are proven to be effective in providing youth and young adults with the skills, tools, and resources necessary to prevent youth disengagement and gang involvement.
This pilot program is developed with the premise that the student belongs to a family, to a school, and to a whole community; and we trust that community to wrap around that student with the support they need and the love that they deserve.
IMPROVED SCHOOL SAFETY
Reduction of violence on school grounds
Reduction in office discipline referrals and In School Suspension and Out of School Suspensions
Fewer incidences of guns found in schools
INCREASED SOCIAL CAPITAL
Increased network for identified students within school
Increased number of positive adults identified for each student
IMPROVED SCHOOL, HOME, COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Increased responsiveness to school communications by families and schools
Increased participation in parent-school conferences
Increased engagement in school-sponsored family activities
Reducing the number of days missed and increasing instructional time
Embedded Mentor Model: Trained community mentors assigned to schools (5 mentors per school, depending on school population and need) for youth who have high exposure to violence and/or gang activity with a relationship-focused, asset-building approach.
Mentor/Mentee Program Activities: Identified students will participate in a variety of inspiring and motivating activities based on students’ interests and community offerings. Activities include, but are not limited to, planned assemblies, field trips (in county and out of county), and mentor/mentee retreats to provide opportunities to students that might not otherwise be available to them.
Family Engagement Program: Mentors will engage students and families in culturally-responsive sessions that are critical to the whole community, whole child approach to prevention and intervention.
Alternative-to-suspension program: We will provide students who have committed student conduct violations with a community-based alternative to suspension program that includes “Conflict 1st Aid Circles” as a response to fights that happen among students and provides follow-up mentoring upon the student’s return to school.
A Mentoring Continuum will be used to meet the needs of 200 students and families through the duration of the pilot program.