IMS Piloting a Mentorship Program!
Doug Brown
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Idabel Middle School is forming a mentoring program for at-risk students.  We are inviting select community members to participate in this special program.  Our hopes are that, by actively participating in this mentoring program, our students will benefit in many ways, including academic achievement.

We are asking community members to join us in working with these students.  Our mentor program will begin in October with a meeting for mentors and program facilitators.  Mentors will begin meeting with students in October and will be asked to be in contact with their assigned student for at least half an hour at least twice a month through the month of March.

Studies have shown that participating in games, crafts, and/or eating show to be more impactful activities for students than merely discussing academics.  Our students need an adult who is willing to ask about their activities, families, interests, etc. Basically, they could use an adult role model and friend.  Time + Rapport + Fun = SUCCESS!

As a token of appreciation for assisting with our mentoring program, Idabel Middle School is offering all of our mentors a free pass to attend our middle school home sporting events (football, basketball, baseball).  This might allow you an opportunity to come support your student!

This is a learning year, as it is our first time to host this mentoring program.  We are open to any ideas and suggestions you may have to offer. In addition, our program facilitators (Counselor Cindy Bryant and Principal Laura Bullock) are available to answer any questions or offer any support.  Simply contact them at Idabel Middle School at 580-286-6558.

If you are interested in participating as a mentor, please contact Cindy Bryant at the above number. She will work to pair you with a student and invite you to our mentor orientation meeting. At this meeting we will further discuss the program and such topics as confidentiality and student and mentor safety.

  • Community (non-school) members as mentors
  • Pre-program training
  • Incentives (i.e. free passes to IMS football, basketball games)
  • Games/Crafts/Eating show to be more impactful activities for students than discussing academics
  • Emphasize that mentors should not give gifts to students
  • TIME + RAPPORT + FUN = SUCCESS

What are the goals of the mentoring program?  Improving student academic achievement.  Specifically, raising at least one course grade by at least one letter grade.  

What will be the initial size and scope of the program?  The program will begin with five at-risk students and five community mentors.  It will begin in October with a meeting for mentors and program facilitators.  Mentors will begin meeting with students in October and will be asked to be in contact with their assigned student for at least half an hour at least twice a month through the month of March.

Who are the key staff people responsible for the mentoring program?  Counselor, Cindy Bryant and Principal, Laura Bullock will be the key facilitators and will serve as the liaisons for the mentors and students.

Idabel Middle School will develop a form that parents sign to give permission for their children to have a mentor.