The SBISD SpringBoard Mentor program is the umbrella program for community-supported mentor programs throughout Spring Branch ISD.
The program is grounded in extensive research affirming that all children and young adults benefit from the consistent presence of a caring adult serving as a role model, advocate and friend.
The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) 2014 report, "The Mentoring Effect" states that the experiences of the young people surveyed showed significant positive outcomes for those who had a mentor. At-risk young people with mentors were more likely to aspire to attend and to enroll in college. They were more likely to report participating in sports and other extracurricular activities. They also were more likely to report taking leadership roles in school and extracurricular activities, and to regularly volunteer in their communities.
With just a small investment of time each week as a mentor, you can make a big difference in the life of a young person in SBISD.
To Become a New Mentor:
- Spring 2017: Applications for new mentors are no longer being accepted for the 2016-2017 school year. Please check back in the summer to sign up to become a mentor for the 2017-2018 school year. To become a mentor in our SpringBoard Program:
- Attend one new mentor training session: Trainings take place at the SBISD Administration Building from September through early March. Please click here access a link to the 2017-2018 training schedule.
- Complete the SBISD Mentor Application/Volunteer Registration. Registration for 2017-2018 school year will open July 1. Click here for a link to the registration page.
The SpringBoard Mentor Program model pairs a community partner with a grade level of students in an SBISD school. The community partner and the campus appoint a mentor coordinator to serve as the liaison for communications, programming and planning between the school and the partner group. Students "on the brink of success" self-select for the program with parent permission.
Campus mentor program coordinators can provide the students a brochure entitled "Are you ready to soar?" to explain the benefits and joys of having a mentor.
Watch True Colors video for an overview of the Program. Click here: Be a Mentor >>
Programming kicks off with get-to-know-you activities for mentors and student "mentees", a suspenseful match-event at which time the mentor pairs are announced, and a family event. The SBISD Community Relations Department provides training, support and Mentor U events throughout the year.
Mentors commit to a one-school year time frame and agree to meet with their student once-per-week, on campus, during the school day for 30 minutes. Depending upon the grade level and campus, mentors may meet before or after school, during lunch or advisory periods. Mentors do not have to visit the same day or time every week.
A logistical plan assures that mentors are well-received, that students are prepared for their visit, and that communication lines are always open. A dedicated campus email address allows mentors to stay in weekly contact when their schedule does not permit a weekly visit.
Click here to read the SBISD Volunteer Guidelines.
Click here to read the Overarching Beliefs of the SpringBoard Mentoring Program.
In a May 2011 mentee survey, 96% of mentored students reported that they have benefited from having a mentor. In a one year study done through Project JumpStart, a federal grant program that supported SpringBoard, more than 60% of mentored students demonstrated improvement in their core academic subjects as measured by grade point averages.
Comments like, "My mentor helps me to make better choices" confirms the positive impact that mentoring makes on our youth.
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Mentoring in Spring Branch ISD is generously supported by the Spring Branch Education Foundation. Funding supports a mentor specialist, special events, training and materials.
Currently over two dozen partner organizations support mentoring in Spring Branch ISD.
SpringBoard Mentoring Partners and Campuses Where They are Active:
|Chapelwood United Methodist Church
|Christ Memorial Lutheran Church
|Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church
|First Community Credit Union
|GE Oil & Gas
|Houston Hearts Chapter of National Charity League
|Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
||SWMS, SWHS, NHS
|Memorial Drive United Methodist Church
||HBE, NMS, NHS
|Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc.
|National Oilwell Varco (NOV)
|Our Lady of Walsingham,
Kids Hope USA
||NBMS, NHS, AOC
|Spring Spirit Baseball
||HBE, NBMS, LMS, SWMS
|St. John Vianney Catholic Church
||NHE, NMS, NHS
|St. Thomas Presbyterian