Formally known as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton, Mentor Clinton County has been a mentoring agency for over 35 years in the Clinton area. Our experienced approach to recruiting, screening, matching and supporting relationships has resulted in many lasting relationships, and helped change the lives of young people in our area.
A study on the effects of mentoring found that kids matched with a mentor:
School-Based Mentoring offers positive aspects within a school setting. It's all about one-on-one time spent with the volunteer and the child/youth doing things they enjoy.
The schedule can be flexible to meet the needs of mentors and child/youth in different kinds of situations. High School Mentors meet their child/youth on their lunch or study hall period typically.
Once matched, high school student mentors develop friendships with their mentee. Whether playing a computer game, helping with school work, or simply hanging out - mentors bring magic into the life of a child. It's that simple.
Mentor Clinton County currently has school-based programs at Northeast Community Schools, Easton Valley Community Schools, Calamus Wheatland Community Schools, and Riverbend Community Schools (Fulton, IL). Mentees in our programs are students in elementary school, or middle school. Mentors in our program are typically 11th and 12th grade students.
We do have expectations that our mentors are held accountable for: commit to a minimum of one school year as a Mentor, commit to spending consistent, significant time with your mentee each week, follow all agency policies, procedures, and ground rules (because child safety is a top priority, we consider violations of policies, procedures, and ground rules to be grounds for match suspension or termination) and maintain regular communication with Mentor Clinton County staff, including signing in with the school and meeting with your Program Specialist on scheduled visits.
Mentors complete an application, interview process, background checks, and reference checks are completed.
Mentees complete an application and an interview process.
Matches are made based on common interest, and who the program specialist feels is the best fit for each other.
Please contact your school counselor, or program staff to learn more about our school-based program.