The Cobb County School District’s first district-wide, school-based student mentoring initiative, Cobb Mentoring Matters, is moving into full motion as the district enters the 2012-2013 school year. Officially launched in January 2012, currently over 140 school and community volunteers have signed up to be a mentor. In coordination with the district’s human resources department and the local schools, prospective mentors go through an orientation and background check process. Once approved, the mentor participates in a “match meeting” at the mentee’s school. Match visits take place once a week only on school campuses; however, based on national mentoring “best practices”, outside group activities have been built into the program structure to enhance match relationships. Over the summer mentors and mentees participated in a bowling event. This fall, Cobb Mentoring Matters in partnership with several community agencies will be participating in local service-learning projects.
Supported by the district’s Success for All Students program, Cobb Mentoring Matters has also received national recognition for its work. The program has recently been asked to present at the 2013 National Mentoring Summit to be held in Washington DC this upcoming January.
To learn more about Cobb Mentoring Matters or to become a mentor with the initiative, please call 678-594-7582 ext. 229 or visit www.cobbmentoringmatters.org. Join the movement!