Research tells us the power of caring adult mentors in the lives of younger children can be dramatic and far-reaching.
The My Mentor My Friend program provides adult volunteers to mentor students, one-on-one, at lunchtime during the school year in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to students starting in the 4th grade.
Volunteer lunchtime mentors develop a relationship with one child throughout the school year that translates to improved attendance, academic attitude, social skills and self esteem for a child and a sense of fulfillment for a mentor. Matches generally begin at the 4th grade. Returning mentors and students are able to renew and grow their friendships each school year through 8th grade.