We are excited to announce our partnership with Austin ISD to implement a new volunteer management platform at austinisd.voly.org. Please note that the current APIE portal will no longer be accepting applications as of June 26.

Secondary School Mentoring

Mentors meet with students one-on-one during the school day to provide student-centered, relationship-based support.

APIE Mentor Program Update 

Last Updated: July 12, 2023

Austin Partners in Education’s (APIE) mission is to provide college and career readiness support through individualized academic and mentoring programs to prepare students for success. The APIE Mentor Program is available at all participating AISD middle and high school campuses. We no longer manage elementary school mentoring (please read below to learn more about this).

Interested in Elementary School Mentoring?

As APIE transitioned away from elementary school mentoring during the 2019-2020 school year, AISD’s Mentor Coordinator, David Torres, began managing elementary school mentors. In the 2023-24 school year, David will connect new and returning mentors with elementary school campuses. Like AISD’s school-based volunteers, APIE will continue to process the background checks for AISD’s elementary school mentors.

If you are interested in mentoring an elementary school student, please review the list of organizations that provide elementary school mentoring services and follow their instructions to sign up. If you have questions about this, please contact David Torres at david.torres@austinisd.org.

Reasons to Mentor

Mentors are caring, trusted adults who help young people strengthen their social and emotional skills, build self-confidence, achieve goals, explore opportunities, and expand their web of support.

Research from the Mentoring Center shows mentoring positively impacts students by:

  • helping them deal with day-to-day challenges.

  • improving their academic outcomes.

  • reducing the engagement in high-risk behaviors like substance abuse.   

What we look for in a mentor

Mentors commit to building a healthy, supportive relationship with their mentees by consistently showing up for them once a week throughout the school year.

Mentors need to:

  • Express Empathy and Acceptance.
  • Support and Empower their Mentee.
  • Be Reliable and Consistent.

Abogar por mi estudiante y ser una fuente de aliento ha sido satisfactorio, ya que puedo recordar lo difícil que fue la escuela secundaria en ocasiones. Poder celebrar sus logros y recordarle que su arduo trabajo ha ayudado a crear enormes oportunidades también ha sido impactante. Me encanta poder afirmar su intelecto y su ética de trabajo, ¡y puedo ver su confianza crecer con cada temporada!

Sam D.

Me gusta hablar con mi mentor porque ella escucha y piensa que soy graciosa. Nadie más realmente hace eso.

Miguel H.

Me sumergí en la tutoría, pensando que iba a ser yo quien marcaría la diferencia. Pronto supe que había abierto la puerta y que había una nueva persona en mi vida que no solo expandiría mis horizontes sino que me haría reír y con quien compartir un almuerzo semanal es lo más destacado de mi semana.

Brenda B.

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What to Expect as a Mentor

  • Mentors need to complete a background check every new school year and update their mentor registration profile.
  • New mentors must attend a 90-minute orientation to learn best practices on mentoring adolescent youth and important policies to follow.
  • Afterwards, APIE introduces mentors to the campus-based mentor coordinator. The coordinator pairs mentors with students and schedules the mentor sessions.
  • Mentors need to log mentor sessions each week. This encourages reflection, helps mentors prepare for the next session, and provide valuable information for the program.
  • Mentors have access to support from APIE and the AISD campus they serve. Resources and training opportunities will be provided throughout the school year.

¿Por qué apoyar la tutoría?

Su donación nos ayuda a vincular a más estudiantes de Austin ISD con adultos afectuosos que pueden formar parte de su red de apoyo. La investigación muestra que todos los niños en edad escolar pueden beneficiarse social, emocional y académicamente de las relaciones de tutoría consistentes.

Campus participantes

APIE Mentors can volunteer at any participating AISD middle or high school. To learn more about these schools, visit www.austinisd.org/schools.

Escuelas primarias de AISD

APIE no longer offers the mentor program at AISD elementary campuses. You can find elementary school mentoring opportunities on AISD’s Mentoring Network page aquí.

Los estudiantes de AISD buscan mentores

¿Está interesado en brindar orientación y apoyo a estudiantes de secundaria o preparatoria? Si es así, ¡considera inscribirte para ser un mentor de APIE! Hay una gran necesidad de mentores en las escuelas intermedias y secundarias, algunos campus incluso tienen listas de espera. Solo 30 a 45 minutos de su tiempo cada semana pueden ayudar a poner a los estudiantes en el camino para tener éxito en la escuela y más allá. ¡Sé quien necesitabas cuando eras más joven!

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Austin Partners in Education will be closed beginning Friday, December 22 and ending Friday, January 5. We will return to normal business hours on Monday, January 8. All emails, phone calls, and volunteer background check applications will be completed upon our return. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Happy Holidays!

Austin Partners in Education cerrará comenzando el viernes 22 de diciembre y hasta el viernes 5 de enero. Volveremos al horario comercial normal el lunes 8 de enero. Todos los correos electrónicos, llamadas telefónicas y solicitudes de verificación de antecedentes de voluntarios se completarán a nuestro regreso. Gracias por su paciencia y comprensión. ¡Felices Fiestas!

Volunteer registration is closed for most AISD campuses until next school year. Registration will remain open for schools that are seeking volunteers for summer programming.

If you’d like to be notified when registration for APIE’s Mentoring and Math Classroom Coaching programs are open for 2024-2025, sign up to be on our early notification email list!