Mentoring 2017-06-26T14:45:31+00:00

Project Description

You Can Change a Life

Advocates Needed

We believe that every child needs an advocate and a mentor – someone to encourage them, to serve as a role model, to praise their efforts. Someone to promote the sparkle in their eye and someone to teach them how to shine. For students who do not have that kind of relationship at home, a mentor can provide that support by building a special friendship with a student.

If you …

  • Possess an understanding of and a desire to patiently work with children in need
  • Genuinely believe in the ability of all individuals to learn and reach their full potential
  • Practice positive interpersonal communication sills
  • Can commit to being reliable and dependable

… You’ve already got what it takes to help a child realize that anything is possible.

Download a Mentor Application

View and print the official Communities In Schools Mentor Application.

Return finished applications to the CIS office

Mail: PO Box 177, Lexington, NC 27293
Drop off: 6 East 4th St., Lexington, NC  27292 (Behind Arby’s on N. Main St. & beside Davidson Funeral Home)
Fax: 336.242.1520

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FAQ About Mentoring

I want to continue working with my student for another school year – how do I know when to start going again? 2017-06-15T18:06:40+00:00

Your site coordinator should contact you once they have had a chance to get organized for the new school year. This typically occurs within one to two weeks after the first day of school – by Labor Day at the latest. If you are not contacted by your site coordinator in a timely manner, please call the CIS main office at 242-1520.

Do students have to ask to be part of CIS? 2017-06-15T18:05:47+00:00

Yes and no. Students are first referred to CIS by teachers and administrators who identify them based on certain criteria placing them at risk for failure in school. After they are referred, students, along with their families, must agree to be part of CIS and confirm their willingness to participate.

I’m thinking of becoming a mentor – what kind of commitment do I have to make? 2017-06-15T18:05:30+00:00

We ask new mentors to commit to one hour a week for one school year. Many stay on much longer than one year with the same student (some of our mentors have started with elementary-age students and eventually watched them graduate!), but this is not required or expected.


My student doesn’t appear to be making any improvements socially or academically – am I doing something wrong? 2017-06-15T18:02:20+00:00

Change takes time and it is important to know that you may never see your student make drastic changes in their behavior as a result of the few hours a month that you spend with them. Your presence IS a positive force in your student’s life and you are making a difference, even if the impact you have on them is never apparent to you.

How do I get information about my student’s progress in school and/or their home situation? 2017-06-15T18:01:16+00:00

Your site coordinator has access to information about your student’s grades and familial structure. As a mentor, you should receive regular updates in these areas from your site coordinator, as they may be relevant for your interactions with your student. This information is confidential and must not be shared with anyone outside of the school environment.

My student doesn’t talk about anything serious when I’m with her – does this mean I’m not doing enough? 2017-06-15T17:51:42+00:00

Absolutely not. The goal of the CIS mentor is to simply be a friend to a child in need. That can mean anything from listening to a funny story about her dog or asking about what she did the previous weekend, to offering advice on the best ways to study for a history test. As a mentor it’s not your job to fix big problems in your student’s life; it’s your job to be an encouraging, stable presence in spite of those problems.


You can make a difference.

By supporting our work, you ensure that students in our community have everything they need to be successful in school and life after graduation.