The INSPIRE Mentoring Program is an opportunity for adults to mentor a middle school student through 30 minutes visits at lunch once a week. This program provides each students a nurturing companion that they can rely on though the entirety of the school year. Want to join us in leaving a lasting affect on a middle school student in our community? Applications will be open until October 21, 2022 !
INSPIRE Program Mission.
The CCOC INSPIRE Mentoring Program strives to provide a positive and nurturing environment to improve academics, personal responsibility, social skills, and self-awareness. Through the establishment of meaningful relationships, the program will strengthen skills, respect, and character of its diverse students.
INSPIRE Program Vision.
The CCOC INSPIRE Mentoring Program envisions empowered youth as successful decision makers in our schools and community. We are dedicated to strengthening community connections and displaying positive life skills and academic skills for growth and success.
The CCOC INSPIRE Mentoring Program aims to improve its student’s academic and personal lives through the following objectives:
- Encouragement of academic and/or social skills improvement to foster future success.
- Encouragement of self-esteem/self-efficacy, social competences, and overall happiness.
- Encouragement of positive thinking skills (in order to avoid risky, harming behaviors).
- Encouragement of quality relationships with fellow students, parents, peers, teachers, mentors, and other adults.
Each CCOC INSPIRE Mentoring Program mentor is expected to:
Many factors impact a child’s learning and development, both positively and negatively. The greatest negative impacts are called Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Trauma and toxic stress occur when children experience one or more ACEs for prolonged periods of time. Our brains need to be able to feel safe, have our basic needs met, and establish strong social and emotional connections before it is able to learn and retain new skills. But the good news is that YOU can make a difference! When children have positive, nurturing, and supportive relationships in their lives, they start to build resiliency. This resiliency helps children deal with negative situations in a healthy way that won’t have prolonged and unfavorable outcomes. The INSPIRE program does just this. By being a mentor, you are establishing a positive and supportive relationship, allowing the student to build resiliency and strengthen their academic and social skills. Join us in making a difference, building resiliency, and strengthening our community!"