"I think what’s most important about the program is that she knows that when she is absent, somebody at school is worried about her, cares about her, and wants her to be here. "
More than 70% of mentees in United Way’s Be a Middle School Mentor program have never had a day of suspension from school.
“If you want to make a difference in this world, start with a child.”
“Every kid could use another point of view.”
“After school programs helped me decide what I’m going to be in life. I want to work with kids, be a good brother, and have an influence on people who need help.”
“After school programs offer the help you might not be able to find anywhere else.”
“Middle school is such an important crossroads in a child’s life, and anything we can do to help them choose the right path is just awesome.”
Nearly 3,000 local students have been matched with a mentor since 2009.
"Nearly all students who participate in Be a Middle School Mentor have a 90% school attendance rate."
"More than 70% of students in United Way’s Be a Middle School Mentor maintained or increased their reading grade; more than 60% maintained or increased their math grade during the school year."
“There’s no better feeling than knowing you’ve made a difference in the life of a child.”
“My teammates focus on holding each other accountable for what we learned through Coaching Boys Into Men.”