Successful Readers Celebrate National Mentor Month
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Our quest to ensure every third-grader reads on grade level gets a big bang every January when National Mentor Month comes around. Alex and Demond are part of our Teen Trendsetters™ Reading Mentors program that promotes reading, leadership and community service. Our volunteer teen mentors spend one-on-one time each week with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders who struggle with reading. Just this month we’ve launched 12 new Teen Trendsetters programs in Miami-Dade, Florida through a partnership with the Children’s Trust. Watch this video of Alex and Demond, from Touching Miami with Love, in action as they share a story and smiles of sweet success.
Teen Trendsetters is one of the most cost-effective youth mentoring programs. It takes just $300.00 per match to provide the books, training and materials needed to establish a partner program between a high school and elementary school. Local businesses, individuals and civic groups interested in helping more young people improve their literacy level can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org about sponsoring a program(s) in your community or state.
During Teen Trendsetters mentoring sessions, students focus on books and activities related to science, including weather, animals and famous scientists. Our mentors and mentees often share a common ethnic background and live in the same neighborhoods. In fact, 55% of our mentors are minority while our minority mentee population is 63%. Research shows mentor relationships that are ethnically and culturally relevant are far more impactful to mentees.