Johnson City Mentor Program (CDCI 496)
The Johnson City Mentor Program is a partnership between Binghamton University (BU) and the Johnson City (JC) School District. Since its inception in the spring of 1997 over 1000 BU students have successfully participated in the program. The program's objectives:
Learning Outcomes BU Students who participate in the JC Mentor program will:
Why should you be a mentor?
A mentor has the opportunity to help a child who may have low self-esteem, social development challenges and academic problems learn the skills to overcome these obstacles and develop into a productive and prosperous young adult. Studies have shown that children with mentors are less likely to engage in aggressive, anti-social behaviors, as well as less likely to use drugs and alcohol. You can make a difference in the life of a child!
What BU students say about being a JC Mentor
"For me it was a great experience in which I learned many lessons. I think my mentee gained confidence and self esteem. I learned I could be seen as a role model."
"It is very hard to explain what I gained from this experience. I got to see firsthand that every one learns at their own pace. I learned I had a lot more patience than I thought I did and possibly the best part was I gained a friend."
"I have recommended this program to friends especially if they want to be a teacher or if they just want to make a positive impact on a child’s life. It’s a wonderful thing to be involved in something bigger than yourself."
"My mentee has really opened up to me and gotten her grades up."
"I learned that when dealing or working with other people you have to be a good listener and be flexible when helping them."
Reflections of three mentors
JC Mentor Program featured in Binghamton University Magazine - Mentors matter: Undergrads make a difference in middle-schoolers’ lives.
Please note: There is no public transportation available to the Johnson City Middle School. A car is necessary to participate.
Questions? Contact Erin Jennings at 607-777-6758 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Last Updated: 8/20/13