Communities In Schools of San Antonio (CIS-SA) and Big Brother Big
Sister of South Texas (BBBS), two local agencies with a wealth of
experience in quality mentor/mentee relationships, oversee IU matches.
CIS-SA offers school-based mentoring during the school year while BBBS
offers both school-based mentoring during the academic year and
community mentoring during the summer months. Both agencies have a
waiting list of students from seventh grade to high school who need a
caring adult in their lives. They provide an orientation and a case
manager or a match support specialist that oversees the match during the
year. CIS-SA meets twice a month with students while BBBS checks in
with both mentee and mentor at least once a month.
In addition, the San
Antonio Mentoring Forum provides ongoing training for individuals and
organizations, as well as a monthly forum to share best practices.
Communities In Schools-SA (CIS-SA) provides invaluable services
that result in a positive and seamless mentoring experience for school
based mentors. A CIS-SA case manager at each high school selects the
at-risk students that could benefit from a relationship with a caring
adult. Students are paired with mentors based on the student’s career
interest or another interest that the student and the mentor share.
CIS-SA then does mentor background checks, trains the mentors and also
facilitates a feedback session halfway through the year. Throughout the
year, CIS-SA provides services and referrals, helping students tackle
many serious obstacles such as homelessness, pregnancy, incarcerated
parents, gang activity, drug use and poverty.
CIS-SA Web site.
Big Brother Big Sister of
South Texas (BBBS) has been creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring
relationships for over 100 years and has been proven highly effective.
BBBS works closely with local schools to identify students for matching.
Volunteers are matched with students on preferences identified during
the mentor screening process. A Match Support Specialist introduces the
mentors and mentees and facilitates the group workplace mentoring
meetings in coordination with the business liaison. The Match Support
Specialist also provides support to the mentor, mentee and the mentee’s
family as needed. BBBS also conducts background checks and provides
on-going training for mentors on how to develop and strengthen their
relationship with a young person. The option to transition to a
community mentoring program is also available during the summer.
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