McKinney ISD

 

REACH

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.

How are students selected to the program?

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.

Benefits Realized by Students

Improved grades
Fewer discipline referrals
Increased attendance
Better social skills
Increased self-esteem
Appreciation of education

Benefits Realized by Mentors

Helping others succeed
Personal growth and awareness through insights gained from students
Shaping the future leaders of tomorrow
Sense of accomplishment by inspiring a student
Increased meaningful involvement in your community

What is Required of a Mentor?

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.

How do I Become a Mentor?

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

How do I Begin the Process?

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.

Need Help?

If you need additional assistance with the content on this page, please contact McKinney ISD team member Nancy Cowlishaw by phone at 469-302-4043 or by email here .