Mentor Progam Volunteer
Griffin-Spalding County School System Student Mentor Volunteer Application
This school year, the Griffin-Spalding County School System began a student mentoring program that is designed to bring students together with caring adults that will offer guidance, support, and encouragement in their daily lives. The program is designed to assist in the development of the students' character, competence, and belief in their own potential.
A mentor acts as a listener, a role model and a friend. Children who are mentored have better school attendance, better attitudes toward school, a greater likelihood of completing school and less substance abuse than non-mentored students.
Mentors interact with their mentee on school premises, once each week for a meal, school program, game or conversation. The program requires a one-year commitment, but mentor-mentee pairings are encouraged to extend beyond the first year. The mentor visiting schedule is flexible during school hours.
All young people have the potential to lead a successful life and to positively contribute to society. However, not all children have the support they need to thrive and excel. Become a mentor with Griffin-Spalding County schools and dare to be the difference in the life of a child.
The following schools are currently participating in the mentor program:
Atkinson Elementary (K-5)
Anne Street Elementary (K-5)
Jackson Road Elementary (K-5)
Moore Elementary (K-5)
Cowan Road Middle (6-8)
Kennedy Road Middle (6-8)
AZ Kelsey Academy (6-12)
Spalding High School (9-12)
Griffin High School (9-12)
Please specify on the application what grade level you are interested in mentoring. If you do not have a grade level preference for placement or are willing to mentor at whichever school is in greatest need of mentors, please submit the application for each posting (application information will not need to be entered a second time).
Mentors should possess the following qualities:
Have a sincere desire to work with a young person
Be respectful of people of all ages, including young people
Have a positive attitude
Be a good listener
Be encouraging about future opportunities and the student's education
Be a good role model and set a positive example for a mentee
Commit to mentoring a student for a minimum of one year (mentoring commitment may cross over academic years)
Meet with mentee at least once per week, for at least one hour, on a reliable schedule that the student can depend on.
Step 1: Complete the online student mentor volunteer application;
Step 2: Complete the criminal background check form (print the attachment or obtain the form from any Spalding County school (forms located at all schools, however, please note the four schools participating in this mentor program listed above) or from the Central Office located at 223 South Sixth Street, Griffin, GA 30224;
Step 3: Please call the Human Resources Department at 770-229-3700 ext. 10358 to schedule a fingerprint appointment. Bring the completed criminal background check form to your appointment (along with $5.00) to Human Resources. The office closes at 4:30 PM each day.
Step 4: Attend a two-hour training session. Sessions are held once per month. Available dates and times will be included in the email that you receive when your application is tentatively approved. The training session may be completed before or after background check is completed; however, failure to complete background check will result in delays in full approval and mentor placement.
• Volunteer applicants can expect email notification when they are fully approved (application and background check). Upon approval, mentors will be notified by the program coordinator of their school and student placement information.
• If you have further questions or need additional assistance, please contact Kathy Rhodes, Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-316-2704.. You may also visit our website at www.gscmentor.org.
GSCS appreciates your willingness to share in the success of our students!
- Mentors meet for one hour each week with their mentee during the school day on school property. Mentors commit to the school year, but many intend to continue mentoring their mentee until graduation. Several mentors mentor more than one student in ore than one school.