By Angela Delaney
(Editor’s note: Angela Delaney is the Check & Connect coordinator for the Wayne County school system.)
The Wayne County Check & Connect Program is seeking new mentors!
Check & Connect is a mentoring program that promotes student success and engagement at school. We connect carefully selected sixth- and ninth-grade students with community mentors who each meet with two students during the school day once a week for at least 30 minutes to one hour per student. The mentors connect with the students and talk with them about school, family life, goals and any struggles that the students may be having.
Mentors and students spend time getting to know one another. Mentors also partner with teachers and families to further support the student’s academic and overall success.
We currently serve 32 students and have 12 mentors. Our mentors have worked with our scholars to set goals that are important to the students, such as passing a class or making the football team. Mentors have also celebrated with the students as they reached those goals.
Our mentees say they love the program because it makes them feel special. When they see their mentors at school, the students know that the mentors are there only for the students, and they know the mentors will be back every week. The students also know that they can talk to and confide in their mentors and look to them not only for unwavering support and encouragement but also for tough love and high expectations.
Mentoring with the Check & Connect program is a long-term commitment, with the ultimate goal to see our scholars through to graduation and beyond. Are you the next Wayne County Check & Connect community mentor?
If you would like more information on how you can get involved with the new cohort of 2019-2020 sixth- and ninth-graders, please send your resume to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Tina Moseley at email@example.com. Alternatively, you can give me a call at (478) 569-7021 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.