Helping Younger Peers Excel
Senior-Freshman Mentoring Program
This mentoring program is designed to be structured, consistent and purposeful in establishing a relationship with some of McCluer North's most involved, spirit-filled seniors whom have soared high academically and incoming Freshman.
Under the guidance of staff sponsors and administrators we look to promote healthy peer to peer relationships for an enhanced Freshman experience and overall student success. This mentoring program is based on Lev Vygotsky's theory "Zone of Proximal Development" (ZPD), which states a more experienced peer is able to provide the learner with "scaffolding" to support the student's evolving understanding of knowledge domains or development of complex skills.
To provide Senior mentors to incoming Freshmen to address issues such as:
* Academic Performance
* Homework Completion
* Positive Behavior
* Positive Attitude Toward School/Learning
* Involvement in Asset Building Activities
* Conflict Management/Problem Solving Skills
Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality-mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow without this critical asset.
Mentoring Impact - MENTOR
Mentoring has significant positive effects on two early warning indicators that a student may be falling off-track:
High levels of absenteeism (Kennelly & Monrad, 2007)
- Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
Recurring behavior problems (Thurlow, Sinclair & Johnson, 2002)
- Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)
- In addition to better school attendance and a better chance of going on to higher education, mentored youth maintain better attitudes toward school. (The Role of Risk, 2013)
For additional information please contact one of our sponsors or administrators.
Mr. Love, Sponsor
Mr. Arledge, 12th Grade Administrator
Dr. Croley, Building Administrator