The purpose of the Mentoring Partnership Network is to
organize resources and build the capacity of organizations that provide
mentoring service to our students. The collaborative organizes the
District, schools and partners towards meeting the goal of 20,000 students
receiving mentors by 2020.
This initiative provides a centralized location for effective mentor management through technical assistance for staff and mentor partners. It facilitates development, coordination and reporting to maintain a productive
The partnership network includes the District, school-based staff and partners such as mentoring agencies,
faith-based organization, local government, business and civic associations.
The goal is to collectively assist community-wide efforts to recognize and promote mentoring.
The role of the mentor is to empower DCPS students to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their personal and academic potential.
Help advance student success—mentored students are 46% less likely to start using drugs, 27% less likely to start drinking and 52% less likely to skip school.
What is Mentoring?
Student mentoring is a one-on-one relationship established between caring adults and students who need a little extra help and support. Mentoring is a powerful initiative with a proven record of improving students' grades and self-esteem, and raising their goals and expectations.
What is your role as a mentor? Mentors work with students, serving as coaches, supporters, role models, and advocates.
As a mentor, you work closely with the classroom teachers and school staff. Mentoring activities at the elementary level include reading, playing games, participating in hobbies, discussing school and favorite activities, and building the student's confidence. At the middle and high school level, activities are focused more on goal setting, discussing career interests, and encouraging college preparation.
Duval County Public Schools welcomes your participation as a mentor. To get involved, call 904-390-2960.
Steps to become a
1. Attend an orientation session
at the Jacksonville Children’s Commission.
2. Attend three-hour training class at the Jacksonville Children’s Commission.
3. Pass background screening, including fingerprinting for
additional background checks.
4. Contact the Department of Community & Family
Engagement to get help with choosing a program from the dozens offered around the region.
5. Get matched with a student.
6. Make a difference in the life of child!
If you would like to receive more information on mentoring send us an
email or click here for more information on how to sign up for mentor training through the Jacksonville Children’s Commission.
Click here to obtain a Mentor Application for Take Stock in Children or click here to contact them directly for details and opportunities.
If you are working with an
organization that provides mentoring and would like to
be a part of Mentor First Coast, please contact Lori
Evans with the Department of Community & Family