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Mentoring to Support Student Success
 
 
 
WSM provides support and works to improve quality mentoring programs by identifying and building upon their strengths and addressing their needs through comprehensive training and technical assistance. WSM provides high-level services that increase the capacity of mentoring programs while decreasing the operating costs associated with these programs. Through targeted advocacy and marketing, we provide public awareness around the use of evidence-based mentoring programs to reduce risk among our state’s youth. WSM maintains knowledge of the most current mentoring trends and practices by engaging in regular evaluation and research within the field. We augment the financial resources available by directing charitable dollars and direct assistance towards mentoring programs. Graduation: A Team Effort (GATE) is an OSPI initiative that began in the Spring of 2011 in an attempt to align dropout prevention, intervention and reengagement efforts across OSPI, as well as other state agencies, statewide youth-serving organizations, and regional and local education agencies. In the summer of 2012, WSM joined OSPI in a mentoring “Call to Action” as part of OSPI’s GATE Initiative. Youth in quality mentoring relationships have greater academic achievement and school engagement and view their future more positively than their non-mentored peers (Rhodes, Spencer, Keller, Liang & Nolam, 2006). Additionally, mentoring has been shown to reduce two early indicators of high school dropouts – high levels of absenteeism (Kennelly & Monrad, 2007) and recurring behavior problems (Thurlow, Sinclair & Johnson, 2002). The GATE Initiative recognizes mentoring as a key dropout prevention and intervention strategy and is working to promote mentoring in school programming.
 
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Member Duties : The VISTA will build capacity for school-based mentoring (SBM). Specifically the VISTA member will: Research current public/private SBM programs to develop a baseline. Contact all schools in Washington inquiring about the presence and interest in SBM. Identify clusters of schools and/or programs. The member will share SBM Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring and ABC’s of School Mentoring materials. Reach out to additional non-mentoring student support programs and after school programs and convene exploratory meetings with these key stakeholders. Work with OSPI and DSHS to research existing program resources for SBM. Convene initial and quarterly meetings between WSM and OSPI to identify collaboration opportunities. Share mentoring resources with stakeholders through direct email, social media, and ongoing OSPI and school district communications. Develop content for a session at the WSM statewide mentoring conference.
 
Program Benefits :
Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Stipend . 
 
Terms :
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time . 
 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Education . 
 
Skills :
Youth Development ,  Community Organization ,  Communications ,  Computers/Technology ,  Education ,  Writing/Editing . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
Mentoring to Support Student Success

Program Start/End Date
08/31/2013  -   08/30/2014

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

Accepting Applications
From  06/03/2013  To  07/20/2013 

Contact Tom Pennella
14th & Jefferson Ob-2
Olympia   WA   98504
(360) 902-7797
pennetx@dshs.wa.us
www.wamentors.org
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 51195


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