Learn about Mentoring
Adopt A Class Foundation works in Title I schools located in high poverty, low income neighborhoods in five (5) school districts: Archdiocese of Cincinnati CISE schools, Cincinnati Public, Covington, Newport, and Norwood in the Greater Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky metropolitan area. Our Mentors allow us to serve students in 26 schools and grow our capacity to serve many more.
Once you are ready to mentor, Adopt A Class asks that you enroll and sign a commitment form. We use your company’s enrollment form to access a good match both geographically (ten miles from work site to school) and by the company’s interests. We compare your enrollment form with un-adopted teachers’ forms in nearby schools who have similar needs, class sizes that allow us to have a 1:4 or better mentor to student ratio, and are in the grade the mentors wish to work with.
We pride ourselves on flexibility for both our mentors and teachers, as well as our record of keeping the children in our program safe. Therefore, we ask that mentor commit to one (1) school year of mentoring where they will:
- Spend one (1) classroom period of approximately one (1) hour a month in the school.
- Prepare class activities using either the downloadable, grade-specific and themed Mentor Activities Adopt A Class Foundation provides, activities developed by the teacher, or activities developed by the company that align with classroom goals.
- Complete his/her commitment through the Team to work with the program at least one hour per month for a full school year (i.e., representative(s) of the team will visit 1/mo).
- Correspond with his mentee(s) at least once a month for the duration of the partnership if the classroom teacher chooses to participate in the pen-pal component of the program.
- Report to the Classroom Teacher, School Resource Coordinator or Principal if a mentee confides anything that is illegal or could be dangerous to the mentee or others.
We also ask that team sponsor their class by donating $500.00. If your team cannot give this amount, we ask that you donate what your organization can afford. This money supports the creation of new activities that we provide mentors, programming activities, and the development of new opportunities that we can offer teams.
If your team is ready to start mentoring, then enroll online using the Get Involved tab.
AAC Mentors impact students in their community by being positive role models and supporting the development of practical and social skills in their student mentees.