The need for one-on-one mentoring is clear, but only 5 percent of the youth in need of a mentor in Springfield are connected with one through a formal program. SSV’s School-Based Mentoring Program matches students in the Springfield Public Schools with caring adults who serve as positive role models and trusted friends. Mentors meet with students at school once a week. The expected minimum commitment is one school year.
The goals of the mentoring program are to:
promote academic achievement and consistent attendance at school
help students make successful transition from one grade level to the next
increase the graduation rate of participating students
positively impact social emotional learning
Research has shown that quality mentoring programs can positively impact youth development and that youth with mentors are more likely to have:
fewer absences from school
better attitudes toward school
fewer incidents of violence
less drug and alcohol use
more positive attitudes toward their elders and toward helping in general, and
improved relationships with their parents
Training is required and is offered at various times throughout the year. Contact us for more information.