A brand-new, intentional matching program created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that pairs a carefully screened and trained volunteer Mentor (ages 18+) with a Mentee for the purposes of:
• educational support/increasing the child’s motivation to achieve,
• social skills support,
• emotional/mental wellness support, and
• building a mentoring relationship with a caring, stable adult.
The program would operate virtually until it was safe to resume in-person mentoring visits within our partnering schools. The program would operate under a partnership with the local schools in our combined service areas (Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Welland, Port Colborne, Pelham and Wainfleet). School Liaisons would make referrals of children who were appropriate recipients for the program with the classroom teacher’s support. These would be new referrals, not children already on our waitlist. Once per month (at minimum), the mentee’s teacher would be asked to support the mentor by sharing appropriate