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As part of the push by the Irving ISD to provide mentors to as many students as possible, Singley Academy counselor Jill Dotson is offering a Mentoring for Success program called “Together Everyone Achieves More Success,” or TEAMS. The program requires a community volunteer to be paired with a teacher for every classroom. The TEAMS class will meet once a month for 40 minutes for a total of 10 meetings.

The goal of the program is to involve every student on campus to address individual needs, enhance self-esteem and improve success. Another goal is to promote academic achievement and personal well being for each student through the mentoring of positive character traits. To reach these goals, Dotson is attempting to forge a three-way partnership among the students, the faculty and the community. The most vital link and resource is the one played by the community volunteer facilitating the program.

The primary responsibility of the community volunteer and the faculty member is to work closely together to cultivate positive discussion within each group. The community volunteer will lead the discussion. The teacher will assist the volunteer as needed and maintain an engaging classroom environment. Lesson guidelines will be provided.

A final responsibility of the community volunteer would be to provide a small snack for the group of 15-18 students. Contact jdotson@irvingisd.net.

All Irving ISD schools are looking for more mentors. Mentoring has been shown to have a profound effect on student achievement. In terms of educational achievement, mentored youth have better school attendance; a better chance of going on to higher education; and better attitudes toward school. In terms of health and safety, mentoring appears to help prevent substance abuse and reduce some negative youth behaviors. On the social and emotional development front, taking part in mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them.

To become a mentor, contact Jose Villasenor at jvillasenor@irvingisd.net or at 972-600-5025. For more information, visit irvingisd.net/mentoring.

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