Discovery sTEAM Mentoring Program

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ORGANIZATION MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Kids on the Move for Success is to provide underserved children with scholarships, leadership seminars, mentoring, entrepreneur and study abroad programs plus educational travel opportunities to see the world through a new set of eyes.

We believe “If you can help them to develop a vision, you can change their lives!”

 

VISION STATEMENT

Making a difference through mentoring underserved children one student at a time, and giving them the opportunity to become the next enterpreneur through sTEAM fields.

 

sTEAM MENTORING PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Discovery sTEAM Mentoring Program will consist of traditional one-on-one mentoring partnerships that focus on sTEAM topics.  Approximately 10 to 15 volunteer mentors from the community and the Atlanta area will be matched with student mentees from 3rd through 8th grade.  The program will target underserved youth in the community, and the mentor/mentee matches will last through each academic year. Mentor/mentee matches will meet once per week during the student’s lunch break or after school hours. Mentors are also expected to attend quarterly group events. We will also impact through our launch at Canby Lane Elementary approximately 700 students in the sTEAM fields with group sessions and education field trips.

 

MENTORING GOALS

KOTMFS hopes its mentoring program will increase student interest in sTEAM topics, improve academic performance, raise self-esteem and develop leadership skills.

 

PILOT PROGRAM OUTLINE

  • This will be a traditional one-on-one mentoring partnership that focuses on sTEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) topics.
  • The pilot program will be held at Canby Lane Elementary School in Decatur, GA.
  • The pilot program team will consist of KOTMFS staff, School Principal, Dr. Keshier M. Smikle, Assistant Principal, Kia Dennis, and STEM Liaison, Cecila Chavis. In addition, a parent liaison will be chosen.
  • The program will target underserved youth in the community.
  • We will have a minimum of 10-15 matches with mentors from the Atlanta area, the community and mentees from 3rd-8th grade.
  • Mentor/Mentee matches will meet for 3 to 4 hours per month and attend quarterly group events. Matches will meet onsite at the school during lunch or after school. Offsite visits and/or meetings occur in-group sessions only.
  • Some activities are sTEAM related, while others build self-esteem, leadership skills, relationships and trust between students and mentors. The mentor/mentee match will last the academic school year.

 

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

  • Increased academic performance.
  • Increase in self-esteem.
  • Increase interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math (sTEAM) topics.
  • Develop leadership skills.