School initiated Mentors
- Partners in Education
(PIE) is a project between the Alexandria City Public Schools and the
Institute for Defense Analyses.
- Summary - works with "average" students in
a tutoring or lecture environment in work development skills.
- Useful Ideas - A school that is interested in setting up a mentoring program may wish to develop their own "mentoring Web site". This site has excellent examples of online forms to fill out. One is for mentors to fill out if they are
in participating and another is for the individual student or teacher who is looking for a mentor.
- Pueblo Global Learning
- Summary - a partnership between Longview Elementary school and
Phoenix College. Both are inner-city schools.
- Useful Ideas - The list of goals that this partnership has
outlined are worth taking a look at. They are well-defined and
comprehensive and include:
- develop lasting mentor relationships
career goals and education plans
- foster life-long learning, develop
- global and social literacy
Students Tutoring Association is a tutoring and mentor organization
started by law students at the University of Michigan. Students in
grades 1-12 are tutored one-on-one with school studies by Univ of Mich
- Computer Clubhouse @ The
Computer Museum in Boston. The Clubhouse is a community educational
outreach program of the Computer Museum developed in collaboration with
MIT Media Laboratory. The Clubhouse is a learning environment where
young learners work with experienced learners. The projects are relevent and
exciting as the kids get totally involved in their learning. The staff
includes a culturally diverse team of adult mentors. Mentors are
coaches, catalysts, and consultants. The Clubhouse follows a
'constructivist' philosophy, encourages youth to work on projects that
interest them, creates a sense of community, and is dedicated to offering
resources to the community.
- St. Olaf College.
Has some good examples of project
based interactions between the classroom and their mentors. Also has some examples of e-mail pals.
- Electronic Emissary Initiated by the
University of Texas at Austin. Great place to find a mentor and has a huge searchable database of
mentors. Volunteers can sign up here too.
- Teachers mentor Teachers This site is magnificent! Teachers
with computer skills are asked to serve as summer mentors to teachers who are new to computers. The
impetus comes from President Clinton and has been acted upon by Tech
Corps. Sign up to be a mentor or a mentee.
- Phoenix Braintrust operates within the Information
Technology Management Program at Ecole Phoenix Middle School, Campbell River, BC. It is a
collaboration among school/community/business. This is a fine example of how a community educates its
children. Watch this program develop. It will be a model.
- Sanchez Elementary School Online Mentoring
Program In cooperation with the Virtual Volunteering Project, this program brings together online
mentors from all over the U.S. with fourth graders at this elementary school in Austin, Texas. Online
activities focus primarily on reading and writing, and on establishing a positive, trusting
relationship between online adult volunteers and the students. The program also hopes to increase
positive feelings about technology from the point of view of all participants -- students, teachers,
mentors and parents. Mentors have been screened via reference checks and online applications; all
e-mails from adults are read by a program director before being forwarded to the students, and no
"real" e-mail addresses are used (to insure there's no way to communicate outside the program's
password-protected interactive web site). Teachers communicate with mentors regularly to suggest
topics of discussion with the students, and incorporate the writing of e-mails to mentors into the
student's class work and computer lab time.
Return to the Beginning
Community initiated Mentors
- Testbed is a
program which fosters school/community partnerships. The National School
Network Testbed sponsors this site. They provide stories of those who
are successfully doing forming school/community partnerships. The goal
of this site is to provide research, policy decisions, and examples of
successful school/community partnership programs.
Mentor Project is designed for women.
- Summary- This is a partnership between 47 high schools in Kansas and
numerous volunteers. The goal is to enhance the career outlook for women
particularly in selecting non-traditional jobs.
- Useful Ideas - In this site are great sections on What is mentoring? Why
Mentor? The benefits of mentoring. There are several suggestions for
establishing your own mentoring program. One suggestion that someone may
wish to pursue is the development of an online database of people who work
on different careers and what they do. They can allow students to contact
them via EMail, serve as mentors, or just have a listing if they prefer.
There is also a discussion for students on Why choose a mentor and the
benefits of non-traditional jobs. Another section discusses what mentors
should and should not do. Finally, there is a lengthy list of resources.
Tutoring is sponsored by a non-profit organization which provides
global tutoring for students world-wide.
- READ*WRITE*NOW is a program
about reading partners from the Dept of Ed. They provide activities,
supplies, ideas, and organizations if you want to be involved with k-6
kids . 1-800-USA-LEARN will get you a free kit. Last year's Booklet.
- West Virginia
Public/Private Partnership with the WV National Guard is a plan to
use the National Guard and technology to meet a 100% literacy rate in
- WITI Women in
Technology sponsors workshops, conferences, and mentors for young women
who plan to move into the business world.
Around the World A local site which coordinates community efforts.