Mentoring doesn't require a unique skill. It just takes a willingness to listen, offer encouragement, and share knowledge of what you've learned about life.
If you have what it takes to help young people navigate life's tough choices please consider serving as a mentor. The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is seeking adult mentors to serve as positive role models as part of the LINKS Mentoring Program for high school students for the 2010-11 school year.
The target start date for the LINKS Mentoring Program is September 20, 2010. Qualifying mentors may commit to a semester or an entire school year. Meetings and activities center on specific themes:
- Community Service/Service Learning Projects
- Interpersonal/Life Skills
- Planning for the Future
- Career Exploration/Job Seeking Skills
- Financial Savvy and Money Management
- Health and Wellness
There are options for individual and team mentoring if mentors are unable to meet with protégés every week. SCOE staff members attend group mentor sessions to organize activities and provide materials and support. Meeting days and times for each site will be determined before sessions begin.
In addition to individuals, SCOE would like to partner with businesses and organizations interested in volunteering one hour per week to work with underserved students at the following campuses:
Elinor Hickey Jr./Sr. High School (Sacramento County Office of Education)
2040 Ethan Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
North Area Jr./Sr. High School (Sacramento County Office of Education)
4000 Pinell Street
Sacramento, CA 95838
Calvine High School (Elk Grove Unified School District)
8333 Vintage Park Drive
Kinney High School (Folsom Cordova Unified School District)
2710 Kilgore Road
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
The LINKS Mentoring Program is operated by the Sacramento County Office of Education's Prevention and Student Services (PASS) Department. The program is made possible through a $500,000 grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
LINKS is a SCOE career technical education model aimed at helping high-risk students succeed. Services are tailored to individual students based on their specific needs instead of through traditional, scripted education.
To learn more about the Mentoring Program, call (916) 228-2202.