With the unacceptable dropout rate, gang violence, and crime in Palm Beach County, mentoring and tutoring are powerful strategies to provide personal and supportive contacts for our youth.
Your influence can help build a foundation of basic values and encourage students to take responsibility for their actions. They can begin to set goals and understand the importance of staying in school. Mentors are role models for students, demonstrating the importance of values such as being accountable, dependable, and trustworthy. A student is impressed and influenced far more by your example than by your words.
By building self-confidence and positive character traits, students will have a better chance of staying in school and having a productive role in the community. As a mentor, you can share your experiences with a student and show them a new world of possibilities. As a tutor, you can give personalized attention to a student who is struggling academically.