The mission of the After School Mentoring Program is to foster positive mentoring relationships between students in St. Mary’s County Public Schools and members of the community and to provide supported, safe, and inspiring environments in which these matches can cultivate the potential of each youth.
After School Mentoring pairs young people with caring and responsible mentors. For over a decade, After School Mentoring is running programs in most elementary schools in the system and will continue to match additional students with community mentors.
At the elementary level, After School Mentoring carefully matches students in grades 3-5 with caring and responsible volunteer mentors. Mentors and mentees meet at the student’s school one day a week for an hour and a half throughout the academic year. With the support of a school Site Leader, mentors and students participate in fun and meaningful activities to help build social, emotional, and academic skills.
All After School mentors are provided with comprehensive training sessions and support throughout the program, and a qualified school Site Leader or Mentor Coordinator is present at each mentoring site to provide direction and guidance. Prospective mentors should be willing to commit to at least one year with the program.
If you would like to volunteer as an After School mentor, please complete the application found here. Anyone who has not previously volunteered with SMCPS will also need to visit the SMCPS Volunteer Information web page and complete the steps described to become a registered SMCPS Volunteer.