One simple thing that makes a big difference in the life of an at-risk child is one-on-one positive attention from a responsible and caring adult. The PEARL Child Mentoring Program matches children to trained mentors with the goal of developing a positive and supportive child/adult relationship. They meet for one hour per week and their activities may include homework help, reading and/or math games, board games, craft/hobby projects, physical activities in the gymnasium and lots of child-adult conversation. The time is tailored to meet the needs of the child. We evaluate academic and behavioral performance as well satisfaction surveys of the mentor, the mentee and the mentee’s parent.
In just one hour a week, mentors build up mentees with individualized attention and love while reading, talking, playing and listening to their stories. With this support, children are encouraged to learn, grow and succeed.
This program serves primarily elementary children but includes middle school and high school students as well. It operates during the school year.