Keene Central School students meet new mentors through program

David Craig of Keene sits with his new mentee, Joseph Wilson of grade 5.

David Craig of Keene sits with his new mentee, Joseph Wilson of grade 5. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— “The mentorship is a way for kids to get oriented to a new relationship and learn new things,” Boutte said.”We have kids who have had the same mentor for five years and we have seen about an 80 percent success rate in the mentor-mentee relationships we’ve set up.”

During the second part of the meeting session, the staff created a board where they brainstormed with the students about trip ideas for them to take, and they outlined different goals students had about what they would like to get out of their mentor.

Through the mentor program, students and their mentors agree to meet for one hour once a week for the entire school year. As a group, students and their mentors go on trips during the year. Last year, for example, the group went bowling and saw a movie.

This year, Boutte said the group won’t just try to set goals of where students would like to go with this program but what the students would like to get out of this program. 

“Our goal with this program is to try to stimulate their imaginations and emphasize not just what sort of trip they want to take with the program but more emphasis on what they’d like to do,” Boutte said.

Boutte said other school districts have inquired about utilizing her services as mentor coordinator and hope to incorporate a program similar to the Keene program.

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