The mission of the Stamford Mentoring Program is to provide students who are in need of additional academic and/or social support with the resources and guidance necessary to be successful during middle school, high school, and in all college/ career endeavors. SPEF brings college, corporate, and community volunteers into the Stamford Public Schools for engaging mentoring sessions with students in grades five through twelve.
Launched in 2010, the Stamford Mentoring Program began its impact working with forty-six seventh graders at Dolan Middle School. Due to the program’s success, the Stamford Mentoring Program has expanded its reach, serving 414 Stamford Public School students during the 2014-2015 school year. The program is now nationally-recognized. In 2014, our Stamford Mentoring Program was one of fifteen mentoring programs nationwide to be selected to participate in the Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP), conducted by the Governor’s Prevention Partnership. Our program was rated as a highly effective program, the top rating possible. The Stamford Mentoring Program received an overall rating of 97% out of 100%.
The program encompasses three grade-specific components:
Service Learning Mentoring- Elementary School: Service -Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. During weekly mentoring sessions, mentors and mentees discuss topics related to Service- Learning (i.e., civic engagement, citizenship, community service and leadership). The culmination of the program is a community or school enhancement project.
Traditional Mentoring- Middle School: Traditional Mentoring brings mentors into the Stamford Public Middle Schools for weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions with students in grade six through eight. Mentors work through a grade- specific curriculum that focuses on four main objectives: Goal Setting, Academic Engagement, Extracurricular Involvement and College and Career Readiness.
College and Career Readiness Mentoring- High School: College and Career Readiness Mentoring works with 9th through 12th grade students at Stamford and Westhill High Schools and J.M. Wright Technical High School. The focus is on college and career planning while fostering academic achievement and continuing to focus on our four main objectives: Goal Setting, Academic Engagement, Extracurricular Involvement, and College and Career Readiness.