High School Mentoring

High School Bigs Mentoring: A Lesson in Friendship!

Kids enjoy High School Bigs Mentoring. And parents know what a difference it makes. But some of the biggest supporters of High School Bigs Mentoring are actually teachers. They see students benefit from their one hour a week mentoring sessions and report the kids have confident smiles, are ready to learn, and ready to succeed.

   If you are a High School student and want to apply to be a mentor in our after-school programs at Galion, Shelby, or the Friendly House, click here for an online application.

Kids Who Feel Better About Themselves Do Better in School.

High School Bigs Mentoring is not a classroom program, and it's not tutoring. High School Bigs Mentoring is mentoring that takes place in the schools or community centers. High School students serve as mentors to elementary students. Of course, some students do talk with their mentors about class, or do homework, or read together, but it's really all about friendship and guidance. This is a Win-Win situation. High Schoolers are exposed to the benefits of volunteering, learning responsibility, and both, they and their mentee experience an increase in self-esteem. You can play or jump rope or shoot hoops — whatever you and the child enjoy. You don't need any special training or certification. If you can spend a few hours a month, arranged around your needs and the program’s schedule, you can start participating in a High School Bigs Mentoring program this fall!
Right now we have a program that meets on Wednesday’s in collaboration with the Friendly House After-school program and we have Mentors from Ontario, Lexington, Madison, St. Pete's, and Mansfield Senior High Schools. The kids spend the first part of their time together getting help with homework, and the rest of their time doing a craft or playing a board game or just hanging out and talking. We also offer this program at the Shelby Schools and the Galion Schools as the campus’s are all next to one another making it conducive for the high school mentors to meet and spend time with their elementary school mentees.

If you would like more information about this program or would like to volunteer  or get a child involved contact the office today. 419-525-4618!