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

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.




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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.




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


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