High School FLOW Mentoring
At the high school level, FLOW Mentoring operates both group mentoring and one-to-one mentoring programs.
At Chopticon High, Leonardtown High, and Great Mills High, FLOW supports group mentoring programs in which groups of students meet with dynamic teacher or staff mentors. Each school has a young women’s mentoring group and a young men’s mentoring group. These groups participate in gender-specific programming to help build social, emotional, academic, and practical skills. At Great Mills and Leonardtown High, these mentoring groups are called Ladies of Excellence and Men of Honor. At Chopticon High these groups are called Ladies of Excellence and The Elite. Each group mentoring program meets after school for one and a half hours every week throughout the academic year.
At Great Mills High School and the Fairlead Academy, FLOW mentoring also matches students one-on-one with members of the community. Mentors and mentees meet at the student’s school for approximately one hour each week throughout the academic year. With the support of the school’s Mentor Coordinator, mentors and mentees work together to build social, emotional, academic, and/or practical skills.
FLOW Mentoring is administered by the St. Mary’s County Public School system in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland, Big Brothers Big Sisters, St. Mary’s County Department of Juvenile Services, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Tri-County Youth Services Bureau, St. Mary’s County Business, Education, and Community Alliance, and St. Mary’s County College Access Program. The FLOW Mentoring program is funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.