Mentor Hamilton is a program specific to Hamilton School and sponsored by Novato Unified School District. The program matches Hamilton students with a caring adult from the community that comes alongside them and is a source of support and encouragement in their life. Their role is not academic. Through weekly meetings on campus, the mentors develop a caring relationship with their mentee that encourages them to be the best version of themselves. The hope is that the mentors will create a strong bond with their mentee while at Hamilton and then will stay with them through high school and into a college or career.
Students value and enjoy their mentor relationship. The program has grown substantially since its beginning in 2015. Over 150 students have been matched with a trained and screened Mentor. These mentorships meet at least once a week in the Hamilton School Mentoring Center. The program has been very successful. However, the demand for Mentors always exceeds the list of students interested in being in the program.
According to MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, children at risk who had a mentor were: 55% more likely to graduate from college and enroll in college; 52% less likely to skip school; 37% less likely to skip class; and 130% more likely to hold leadership positions. Youth who had a mentor also showed a better attitude towards school. Regular meetings between mentor and student saw that youth were: 46% less likely to use drugs; 27% less likely to drink; and 81% more likely to participate in extracurricular activities.
The Mentor program at Hamilton school is in its 7th year. There has been a huge shift in the student body. With over 120 students mentoring weekly (1/5th of the school), Hamilton students are feel heard, loved, and more confident. They are more engaged in their studies and are trying new things.
If you have questions about the Mentor program, please contact Kate Hoj, Director of Mentor Support: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Catherine Pace, Mentor Coordinator for Mentor Hamilton: (Cpace@nusd.org)
COVID - 19 Note: Due to the COVID - 19 Pandemic, all in person volunteer activities were ceased. Many of our mentors are currently meeting virtually. The current plan is to reopen September 2021.
If you are interested in applying to become a mentor, please feel free to contact Catherine now to get the process started. There is a full waitlist of students and a training will be held in August 2021.