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Special Programs

Special Programs provide opportunities for students to grow and develop beyond what the regular school day offers.  

The After School Mentoring Program is designed to promote a positive mentoring relationship between students and members of the community.  Educational research indicates that mentoring is extremely effective in increasing academic performance and positive social interactions. 

Mentors and Students meet at identified schools one day a week for an hour and a half throughout the academic year. Students begin their session by collaborating with their assigned mentor to complete missing/incomplete assignments and homework.  Transportation is provided for all participating SMCPS students.

Staff and volunteers work to empower our students to ehance their leadership capabilities and creativity to give back to their community utilizing The MindUp Program. 

The MindUp Program is based on four scientific pillars, including: Neuroscience, Mindful Awareness, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Positive Psychology. This research based program plays a significant impact in our schools and community.  

The MindUp Program utilizes mentor-to-student collaboration to build meaningful relationships designed to uncover student's resilience and potential. With the support of staff and community volunteers, students participate in fun, interactive, and meaningful projects, field trips, and other activities which help build social, emotional, and academic skills.

How are students selected?

School Site Leader consult with adminstrators, teachers, counselors, nurses, and other school staff to develop a list of students who would benefit from the program.

How will parents/guardians be notified that their student has been selected to participate in After School Mentoring?

Each student will receive a letter of congratulations as well as a permission form to be completed by his/her parent(s)/guardian(s).  The Site Leader will make a follow up phone call to discuss details.

Who are the mentors? How will they be selected?

Mentors are responsible community members recruited by the Site Leader and the Program Assistant.  All mentors are approved by SMCPS Safety and Security.

How do I become a Mentor?

Anyone wishing to volunteer with SMCPS should fill out the Mentor Information Form and complete the SMCPS Volunteer Application.  Once the forms are complete, we will notify the volunteer of next step(s).

For more information regarding your student(s) or for assistance with applying to become a mentor, please contact Terri Cox, Supervisor of Student Services and Special Programs at



Contact Information

Terri J. Cox
Supervisor of Student Services and Special Programs
23160 Moakley Street, 
Leonardtown, MD 20650
301-475-5511 ext. 32257