1. Wendell P. Williams Elementary – this is the first school where a mentoring program was established. A mentoring program has been functional in this school for 10 years.
2. Jo Mackey Elementary – this is the second school where a mentoring program was established. A mentoring program has been functional in this school for 8 years.
3. Imagine 100 Academy of Excellence – this is a charter school that the 100 helped to establish. We’re extremely proud that the school bears our name (100). We’ve been mentoring in this school since it opened in 2006. A mentoring program has been functional in this school for 5 years. In 2010, we entered into collaboration with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Las Vegas Chapter where they provide primary mentoring services to the young ladies in the school and we provide primary mentoring services to the young men. Joint mentoring sessions are also a part of this model.
4. Matt Kelly Elementary – this is the newest school where a mentoring program has been established. A mentoring program has been functional in this school for 2 years in collaboration with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Las Vegas Chapter.
5. Dr. William U. Pearson Center – this is a continuous year-round mentoring program. Mentoring sessions are held every Saturday. Mentees that participate in this program come from eight (8) different Clark County Schools. Our mentoring program has been functional at this center for 3 years.
Mentoring is not limited to just the schools. Every opportunity that we have to interact with the kids is used as a
Baseball Mentoring – we’ve been doing baseball mentoring for 6 years. We use this opportunity as an additional method to interact with the kids. Typically we sponsor 2-3 teams in the city baseball league. The teams are usually made up of kids from our various mentoring programs. Mentoring sessions are held 3-4 times a week on the baseball field. Family and friends who come to games and go to practice are also invited and often eager to join in the mentoring. This has been an excellent venue for us to help the kids improve their social, learning, and behavioral skills.
Soccer Mentoring – this is another great opportunity we use to mentor. Annually, we send a significant number of kids who are in our mentoring programs to a soccer camp hosted by University of Las Vegas (UNLV). It’s a very intense environment for the kids to attend. It demands a lot effort and attention. They are expected to learn a lot of information and improve their soccer skills in a very short period of time. Our mentors work very hard to help the kids stay mentally focused so they get the maximum benefit out of the program. More often than not, parents are mostly surprised at how much their child has improved. We’ve been sponsoring kids in this program for 6 years.
Golf Mentoring – this program is held at the North Las Vegas Golf Course in collaboration with First Tee of Southern Nevada. The participants are kids from our various mentoring programs. This program exposes the mentees to the game of golf; and has been an outstanding venue for teaching skills such as mental discipline, integrity, self-respect and respect of others.
Mentoring Through Chess – This year, we incorporated Chess into our Mentoring Program. This component is focused on teaching and reinforcing Patience, Critical Thinking, Planning and Thoughtfulness. As participants progress they begin to recognize “decisions” have consequences and with patience and thoughtfulness the “correct” decision can be realized and implemented.
Each of the aforementioned mentoring program components also directly link to our initiatives of promoting Health and Wellness.
The number of kids who collectively enroll in our local mentoring programs averages between 100 – 115 kids per year. Over the past 10 years we’ve had in excess of 1,000 kids come through our local mentoring programs. Nationally, there are in excess of 10,000 kids per year who enroll in all our mentoring programs across the globe.
Mentoring is about developing trust, building relationships, increased learning and exposing the children to opportunities that they might not otherwise be afforded. Aspects of each of these factors can be found and are present in everything that we do whether it’s exposure to influential people, field trips, challenging science projects, or “down to earth” honest advice. Exactly how much mentoring actually affects each individual person can be different; however, the impact can be far reaching and the benefits can span a life time. Each year we receive accolades from the schools, parents, and children. This affirms that our efforts are not in vain.
A good example of this is when the former Secretary of State General Colin Powell made a visit to the Imagine 100 Academy of Excellence; he came at the request of one of his lifelong mentors and friend, a retired Brigadier General and member of our local 100 chapter. Due to their lifelong relationship, General Powell agreed to visit and speak to the kids in our schools and at a community forum. Needless to say, his visit was historic. The entire community turned out and shared in the event. It was attended by a wide spectrum of people including students, community leaders, entertainers, and politicians (like Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign). Mr. Powell took his time to carefully deliver a meaningful message. It was useful not only to the kids but to everyone in attendance. He also took time to answer a lot of questions and even gave some specific mentoring advice to several of the kids.
· Visual attitude change
· Recognizable behavioral change
· Grades Improve
· Decreased number of disciplinary actions or RPC’s (required parent conferences)
· Teacher and Parent satisfaction
· Increased parent involvement
· Improved respect for parents, teachers, school, mentors, peers
· Increased self-confidence
· Improved communications with parents, teachers, mentors, peers