Our Mission

The Stamford Public Education Foundation's mission is to support the students and teachers in Stamford's Public Schools through community collaboration and philanthropy.

At the elementary level, the foundation supports literacy initiatives and at the middle and high school levels our focus is on college and career readiness.

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The Stamford Mentoring Program

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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. The Stamford Mentoring Program brings college, corporate, and community volunteers into the Stamford Public Schools for weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions with students in grades six through eight and biweekly mentoring sessions for students in grades nine through eleven. Mentors work through a grade-specific curriculum that focuses on four main objectives: Goal Setting, Academic Engagement, Extracurricular Involvement, and College and Career Readiness.

For the 2014-2015 school year, the program has expanded to serve students at eight schools in Stamford: Hart Magnet Elementary School, Newfield Elementary School, Stark Elementary School, Dolan Middle School, Cloonan Middle School, Rippowam Middle School, Scofield Magnet Middle School, Stamford High School,Turn of River Middle School, Stamford High School.

Click here to watch a video about the Stamford Mentoring Program.

Click here to download the Stamford Mentoring Program Permission Slip.

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2014-2015 Results

1. Goal Setting: Establish short, intermediate, and long-term goals with each student through one-on-one mentoring, as measured by student surveys and session evaluations administered by the SPEF staff.

  • • 96% of the students set goals with their mentors
  • 84% of the students achieved goals they set with their mentors
  • 40% of the students did not set goals before joining the program

2. Academic Engagement: Support student’s academic engagement by encouraging academic success, advocating for the needs of the student, and providing tutoring resources when required, as measured by student’s report cards and student surveys.

  • 64% improved their grades or maintained a B average when comparing Quarter 2 and Quarter 3 grades
  • 40% of the students achieved a B average or higher during the 3rd quarter

3. Extracurricular Activities: Encourage student involvement in positive after school activities to enrich their academic career, as measured by student surveys and the percentage of students enrolled in extracurricular activities.

  • 58% of the students engaged in positive after school activities

4. College and Career Readiness: Research colleges and professions with each student, familiarizing them with the process of applying to college and the educational requirements of certain professions, as measured by college and profession research papers and student surveys.

  • 82% of the students engaged in college discussions with their mentors
  • 62% of the students did not engage in a college discussion with a school representative separate from the mentoring program

5. Community Engagement: Engage community groups, local corporations, colleges, and universities with the Stamford Public Schools, as measured by the number of volunteers and sponsors involved with the program.

  • 176 mentors participated in the mentoring program


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