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Program Mission And Goals

The mission of MENTOR RUSD is to provide a best practices mentoring services through a modified school-based program for students in our elementary (grades 4-5) and middle schools (grades 6-8). The mentoring is aimed at helping in the areas of academic achievement, social development, and career exploration.

Our goals are to develop quality, long-term mentoring relationships between students who may face some serious challenges, and mentors who can provide another positive role model in the students’ lives.

The intended outcomes will be improvement in academic achievement, regular attendance at school, a decrease of discipline referrals and an improved outlook for the student.

Types of Mentoring

Mentor RUSD intends to provide a modified school-based one-to-one approach for elementary and middle school students, with allowances made for contact between match pairs out of school parent permission. Mentoring will focus on academic achievement, goal setting, and establishing a relationship with a positive adult role model.

Target Populations (Mentees)

Our target populations are middle school students in grades 6-8, and elementary students in grades 4-5, who have been referred by teaching staff, counselors/social workers, and/or parents based on our selection criteria.

Target Populations(Mentors)

Our mentors come from a broad cross section of Racine life; business professionals, medical professionals, municipal employees, retired individuals, police officers, and parents.  In addition to our regular recruitment efforts across the Racine community, we intend to recruit mentors from individuals age 18 and older whose names appear on the volunteer lists for a particular school.  Mentors are asked to make a commitment to mentoring for one academic year and to meet with the student at for least one hour every week. In most cases, the meeting will be at the students’ schools. With parent permission, some meetings may take place outside of the school. 

Curtis Woods
Mentor Coordinator
Office: (262) 664-6994 
Cell: (262) 995-3704