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Need to Know:
What: The mission of the FCPS MentorWorks program is to connect every Fairfax County Public Schools student to a caring, responsible person.
Why: Quality mentoring programs have been shown to impact students socially, emotionally, and academically, thus creating safer, healthier, more productive citizens of our society.
Who: Businesses and community groups with the capacity to establish and support a mentoring team of 10 volunteers or impact 10 or more students and willing to mentor from August/September to June.
A mentor is a caring, responsible person who is interested in giving time to a student, encouraging the child to develop his or her strengths and capabilities.
When: We ask for a school-year commitment of 30 minutes a week for one full school year. Mentoring occurs on weekdays during the school day.
Where: Mentoring always happens on school grounds when FCPS staff is present. Mentoring can happen at a school near your work or home.
Requirements - Business and Community Group
Engagement Thresholds: To support a school-based mentoring program we request engagement by 10 mentors or the support of at least 10 students.
Time Commitment: We seek mentoring partners who can support a full school year, ideally starting in August/September and running through June. If beginning after November 15, we ask for a commitment for the following school year. While we ask for 30 minutes a week, an hour every other week is also effective and acceptable. * Mentoring volunteers must attend training through MentorWorks.
CEO-VP Commitment: Because mentoring is a one-to-one program and because FCPS will work with each mentor individually CEO-VP commitment is not required, however, it's always recommended. CEO-VP levels of commitment can be beneficial as the Return on Investment (ROI) for employees engaged in a partnership, especially a team-based mentoring program, is very high. Employee retention, leadership training, networking, and real intrinsic value are identifiable returns.
Establish an Ignite Partnership (10+ mentors required or support of 10+ students)
Jay Garant, 571-423-1225
Mentor as an Individual (fewer than 10 mentors)
Martha Macdonald, 571-423-4273
Return on Investment
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Additional Information for Community Business Partners and Mentors
MentorWorks Community and Business Partners FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions from our Community and Business Partners
MentorWorks Onboarding Process
Mentors are valuable assets to our schools and communities. Quality mentoring programs have been shown to impact students socially, emotionally, and academically, thus creating safer, healthier, more productive citizens in our society.