One of the divisions of the Partners in Education organization is REACH. The program is designed to foster a basic sense of self-esteem, self-confidence and a motivation to learn and improve personal and social skills that will reinforce the importance of an education. Reaching one child at a time is the primary goal of the program.
Mentors are greatly needed at several elementary campuses and at all five McKinney ISD middle schools. However, any campus can request a mentor and mentors are needed district-wide.
The Partners In Education Program provides every campus with a Campus Referral Form. The campuses use this form as a guide to select students they feel can benefit from having a mentor. Once a student is identified, the parent/guardian is contacted and informed that their child has the opportunity to participate in the Mentor Program. Permission to participate in the Mentor Program is sought from the parent/guardian. The student is then contacted, and asked if he/she would like to be part of this program. No student is required to participate.
Mentors are asked to volunteer a minimum of one hour per week during the school day. This is a school-based program, therefore, all mentoring takes place at the student’s campus during a time that has been set up by the Campus Liaison and the mentor. Outside contact is not allowed unless it is at a school function, such as a basketball game.
Opportunities to mentor are available at all McKinney ISD campuses. All McKinney ISD volunteers are required to complete the online McKinney ISD volunteer application. This process includes a background check. Once approved, a one hour mentor orientation training is required. A Campus Liaison will then contact you to schedule a face-to-face meeting. You will then be matched with a mentee, and a date will be established to begin the program
Volunteers are asked to contact the McKinney Independent School District Partners In Education Office at One Duvall Street, McKinney Texas, 469-302-4043 or e-mail Nancy Cowlishaw .