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Mentoring is an effective tool to address the Emotional Quotient (EQ) of a child: enhancing their self-esteem, confidence, communication, academic performance and conflict resolution skills. Our CATALYST Mentoring Program was established in 2010 to help address a need in our schools where 76 % of the students are being raised in single female head of households, 86% of the schools are Title 1 and chronic absenteeism is a problem. We believe that by starting the mentoring process early in elementary school and building a strong mentor-mentee bond we have our best chance of teaching children to stay focus on their education overcome life challenges.
CATALYST is now in 35 of the 72 schools in our county and serves grades 3-12. There are 63,000 students in Volusia County Schools. Our goal is to serve 10% of these children. To achieve this goal we need more mentors. Please join us in this mission.
We know that poverty is a major contributing factor to poor housing, health, education, and nutrition, crime, violence, mental disease, gangs, and the list goes on. Many children have overcome the effects of poverty and succeeded. They report that it was not done alone but with the assistance of some adult who cared enough to make a difference in their lives i.e., a teacher, police officer, a foster parent, grandmother, or a program volunteer. This is a mentor, simply a caring adult in a child’s life who builds a relationship with them which keeps the child focused, allowing them to avoid crime, drug use, teen pregnancy, and gang activity. It also increases the rate of graduation and college attendance.
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