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Mentor Program

What is the Mentor Program?

The Rosebud-Lott ACE Mentoring Program is a motivational program that encompasses students at Rosebud Primary School and Lott Elementary School in grades Pre-K through 6th.

What are the program goals?

The goals are to improve outcomes for students in regard to academics, attendance, behavior, promotion, and graduation rates.

What is a Mentor?

A mentor is a caring individual who, along with parent or guardians, provide young people with support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement and constructive example. The mentor serves as a role model and life coach.

What does a Mentor Do?

A mentor guides and encourages an assigned student for an hour weekly or bi-weekly at the primary or intermediate school. It doesn’t take special skills, just a willingness listen, offer support and share what you’ve learned during your life. The mentor focuses on building the relationship.

Who Needs a Mentor?

All children can benefit from positive role models.  Teachers, counselors, and parents often recommends students for the program.

How Do Students Benefit?

Research shows that students often receive better grades and have fewer discipline problems after having a mentor. Students with mentors also show increased self-esteem and more positive social interactions. Having a mentor also reduces the risk that young people will use illegal drugs or alcohol, and it encourages students to stay in school.

How Can I Become a Mentor?

To mentor a student at Rosebud-Lott ISD, you must:

        -  Complete a volunteer form and pass a background check
    -  Sign a confidentiality form
    -  Attend a training session once accepted to the mentoring program
    -   Visit for an hour once a week or every 2 weeks on school grounds on days that school is in session
    -  Report abuse (They’re either going to hurt themselves, plan to hurt others, or they’ve been hurt by           someone) to the school administrator and/or counselor
    -  Be respectful of the student and make the student feel included and comfortable in any situation,             whether it be an informal conversation or an activity. This is not a counseling session.

Training Made Easy

Training sessions are held throughout the school year at Rosebud Primary School and Lott Elementary School. Newly accepted mentors will be contacted to schedule a date and time to receive the training prior to participating in the program.

Who Do I Contact For Questions?

For any questions regarding the program, please call the school counselor at either Rosebud Primary School at (254) 583-7965 or Lott Elementary School at (254) 584-4251.