Mentoring is one of the most crucial parts of Partnership 4 Kids programming because of its proven link to student success. Research has demonstrated time and again that in terms of educational achievement, health and safety and social development, a young person with a mentor in their life is more likely to continue their education, avoid participation in negative behaviors and even have better communication skills.
P4K incorporates three different types of mentor volunteers to ensure students get the most out of their mentoring relationships at every age.
Role Model and Mentor Volunteer Types:
Corporate and individual community volunteers visit elementary school classrooms twice per quarter, serving as role models and motivators for elementary-aged students that are striving to reach their goals. Currently goal buddies are volunteering their time in more than 200 OPS classrooms.
P4K is the only organization in the state of Nebraska that has implemented the unique model of group mentoring into our programming, and we love it! P4K group mentors work with a team of 3-4 students within a classroom of 25 students who meet three times per month from 3:30-5p.m. One of the biggest benefits of using the group mentoring model is the collaborative atmosphere that it creates. Students are able to feel more at ease by having the support of their peer group and mentors don’t feel pressured to form an instant one-on-one relationship with their mentees. The group dynamic offers both mentor and mentees the chance to bond naturally over time.
P4K Capstone Program
The P4K Capstone Program is the culmination of P4K’s formal mentoring program and is offered to 9th and 10th grade students at Central, North, Northwest and South High School. New P4K school, Benson High School, will also have ninth grade programming this year and will add 10th grade programming in the fall of 2016. The program is designed to help students successfully transition into high school as well as introduce them to our partner programs and assist them in identifying which of the programs might be the best fit for them after their successful completion of the Capstone Program.