Make a difference in the life of a student.
Mentoring at any age, but especially in middle and high school, has the power to change students’ trajectories. Individualized support with a trusted, caring adult can help students navigate academic, social, and personal challenges —putting them on a path to succeed.
Research from The Mentoring Center shows that youth participating in mentoring relationships:
My experience as a mentor has been amazing. Initially, my student and I took a little bit of time to get to know each other, but once we built some rapport and established a consistent schedule we were able to enjoy some more experiences together.
I like talking to my mentor because she listens, and she thinks I’m funny. Nobody else really does that.
I dove into mentoring, thinking that I was going to be the one who would be making a difference. I soon learned that I had opened the door and had a new person in my life who would not only expand my horizons but make me laugh and with whom sharing a weekly lunch is the highlight of my week.
Volunteers meet weekly, one-on-one with students to build relationships and serve as positive role models.
APIE Mentors can volunteer at any Austin ISD middle or high school. To learn more about these schools, visit www.austinisd.org/schools.