The Denton Independent School District announced recently in a press release that it is still looking for a few good mentors and volunteers to provide additional encouragement and assistance this school year for students at all 42 of its campuses.
Through the Denton ISD mentoring program, mentors and mentees will meet each week for 30 to 60 minutes to talk about everything from life and school to goal-setting, completing homework, or simply reading a book together. The goal, of course, is to help our students succeed in a positive learning environment.
Per the press release, no previous teaching experience is necessary to be a mentor. But some of the best mentors in previous years have been the ones who are patient, committed, and willing to listen to their student.
When you become a mentor, school district officials will work with you to place you at a location that is convenient for you in terms of geographic location. They will also help you find the perfect volunteering event or mentee match based on grade level and area of need (i.e., reading, academics, social/emotional).
Beyond mentorship, Denton ISD also has a program focused on providing volunteers for events such as Read Across America and Career Days. Opportunities are available to assist with fall festivals, spring field days, teacher assistance, outdoor classroom clean-up, painting murals, and more.
To get started and get matched with a mentee, visit www.dentonisd.org/mentor. For more information regarding volunteer or mentee opportunities, contact Courtney Martin, Community Engagement Specialist, email@example.com or 940.369.0146. You can also call Chris Ice, Community Engagement Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All volunteers and mentors must complete an application and undergo a background and reference check each year. The 2019-2020 volunteer application (background check) can be found at www.dentonisd.org/volunteer.