MORE Make a difference by mentoring in Williamson County

The STARS Mentor Program is a school-based program encompassing students in grades K-12. The Mentor program provides an opportunity for Business & Community Volunteers to improve students academic attitude and enhance their school experience by acting as a positive role model, building a friendship and exploring college and career opportunities.

Students are nominated by campus personnel for a variety of reasons and must have a signed parental approval form on file. Once matched, mentor and student(s) meet regularly on campus during the normal schools hours, typically over lunch.

Mentors are screened, trained and carefully matched with students. After training, Mentors are connected with a campus Counselor or Mentor Coordinator. Additionally, Mentors receive monthly support from the program coordinator via email and are offered quarterly training opportunities.

Please consider joining our effort! Become a Mentor today, contact Michelle Jackson at 512-464-5093.

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An initiative of United Way of Williamson County
United Way of Williamson County

History - The RRISD Partners in Education Foundation has supported the Mentor program since its inception. Even today, the Foundation supports Mentoring through recruitment efforts and funding.

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Education awarded RRISD a grant totaling $200,000 annually for a period of three years. A Mentor Coordinator was hired to grow the number of mentors by 300 each year for students from grades 4-8. Unfortunately the grant funding was cut short by one year. Nearly 600 new Mentors were recruited during the 2 years this funding was in place.

In early 2010, the Mentor program requested and was awarded funding from two agencies. The United Way of Williamson County granted the RRISD PIE Foundation $10,000 to support Mentor recruitment and training.

Additionally, the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation granted RRISD more than $96,000 to hire our current program coordinator who will recruit, support and train Mentors in conversations and activities that will enhance student success and college and career readiness.

The STARS Mentor program will continue to be coordinated through the Community Partnerships Department.