Cobb Mentoring Matters (CMM) the districts own flagship mentoring program is off to a great start for the 2018-2019 school year with 18 new mentors that have “Joined the Movement”.
Each year the program deepens its roots within our schools with committed mentors that understand that being a mentor can have a lasting impact on their mentee. The research tells us that 1 out of 3 students will grow up with a mentor. Right after the Parkland mass shooting, CMM received a number of requests to mentor. All expressed sadness and felt that one way of making a difference was to seek out a way to mentor a student.
Here is what one mentor stated on his application when asked, “Why do you wish to be a mentor?”
“The recent shootings in schools and seeing the horror on the Florida child’s face when he was arrested prompted me to stop getting angry at the perpetrator and no longer sit on the sidelines, but to get involved and help those kids that are either being ignored or have a need for a strong male presence in their lives. “ – T. Sherman
By working closely with our school counselors, we identify those students with the greatest need for a caring adult in their life. Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to enroll in college than those who did not have a mentor. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)
CMM ended the year with 3 students that graduated in May. One of the student’s, Leila, was matched with Kathy while entering the 6th grade. They have been together for 6 years. Here is what Leila shared.
“When I met Ms. Kathy, I was in seventh grade. I was going through a difficult time in my life and my mother felt that having an adult person in my life who was not someone I felt the need to censor myself around, would be good for me. We would meet every Friday morning, when I met with her, I didn’t feel like I was forced to talk about anything in regards to my mental state, but I also knew that she was a “safe space” for me. We started becoming more like friends than a mentor/mentee relationship. Now I am 18 years old, a high school graduate, and a soon to be freshman at the University of West Georgia. She has inspired me in so many ways and I look up to her immensely. Our friendship is one that will last a lifetime.” – L. Farmer
These are just a couple of many situations and stories that mentoring can do. CMM welcomes anyone with a heart to serve.
You can read more testimonies like this on our website at www.cobbmentoringmatters.org.
Think about how you might spend an hour a week making a difference in the life of a student.