At the elementary level, FLOW Mentoring carefully matches students in grades 3-5 with caring and responsible community members. 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.
Together mentors and mentees:
- Work on setting and achieving academic and personal goals;
- Plan and carry out fun service learning projects;
- Go on exciting field trips to educational sites to provide exposure to new ideas;
- Make connections between academic and real-world success while working on school assignments; and,
- Support the development of the students’ unique strengths.
FLOW mentors are provided with comprehensive training sessions and support throughout the program and a qualified school Site Leader is present at each mentoring session to provide direction and guidance. Prospective mentors should be willing to commit to at least one year with the program.
FLOW Mentoring currently operates programs in all 18 of our elementary schools.
What does an Elementary FLOW Mentoring session look like?
- Students arrive after school dismissal and have a snack
- Mentors arrive
- Site Leader welcomes group and explains the plan for the day
- Mentor/mentee activity time
- Students say goodbye and board bus to go home
- Mentors and Site Leader have brief check-in meeting
- Fun and educational get-to-know-you activities such as games, puzzles, discussion topics, craft projects, etc.;
- Working on the students’ homework and drawing connections between academic and real-world success;
- Helping mentees develop a set of short and long-term goals to achieve during the course of the year—academic, social, and personal;
- Designing and performing service-learning projects that will build a sense of attachment to and responsibility toward the school or the greater community, such as starting a recycling program, planting flowers, or helping out at the local food bank.
- Making short videos on a variety of constructive topics (videos can be aired at the school on WHBN TV);
- Going on fun field trips to educational sites to provide exposure to new ideas and learning opportunities.
Sites, Leaders, & Meeting Times
How do I become a Mentor?
If you would like to volunteer as a FLOW mentor, please complete the application found here.
Anyone who has not previously volunteered with SMCPS will need to visit the SMCPS Volunteer Information web page and complete the steps described to become a registered SMCPS Volunteer.
After you have completed Steps 1 & 2, we will call your references and SMCPS Safety and Security will initiate a background check for all new volunteers. Next, we will contact you for a brief phone interview. During the interview, we will ask you a few questions, and then arrange a time for a mentor training session. The training takes approximately an hour and a half, and we will work with you to find a convenient time and location to meet.