Since 1995, the Communities In Schools of Renton (CISR) Mentor Program has matched volunteer mentors with students in grades K-12 as an early intervention to school drop-out. This is important because dropping out of school is a process, not an event, with factors building and compounding over time.
Along with the CISR school-based Site Coordinator and school staff, the mentor becomes part of the team of people who work to support students who are at-risk of dropping out.
We offer both one-on-one and small group options.
The Mentor’s Role
The Mentor’s main purpose is to be a consistent caring adult. By sharing fun activities and exposing the student to new ideas, Mentors encourage positive choices, promote self-esteem and support academic achievement.
Who We Support
The program focuses on students who could benefit from extra attention and encouragement. These students may exhibit risk factors for dropping out of school such as poverty, failing grades, absenteeism, high mobility, disengagement from school or low self-esteem.
There are many students currently waiting for a Mentor. If you are ready to spend 1 hour a week to bring consistency, support and stability to make a lasting difference in a student’s life, you can sign up by clicking on the link below and filling out our volunteer interest form.
What is the time commitment?
Students are mentored once a week for 1 hour during the school-day. We also ask for a 1-year commitment to provide consistency to the student.
When can I sign up to mentor?
You can begin meeting a student at any time during the school year.
Can I choose the school I want to be assigned to?
Yes, you can choose from the 5 elementary, 3 middle and 1 high school we work with.
What time of the day will I meet with my mentee?
You can meet anytime during the school day that works for both you and the student. Small group opportunities are available immediately after school.
Given it’s a 1-year commitment, what about vacations, etc.?
We understand there will be times you will need to miss a weekly session, all we ask is that you communicate with us.