The Coach-A-Kid Enid Mentor Program is a new and exciting volunteer mentoring program in Enid, Oklahoma. This program is a partnership between the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, the Enid Public Schools, and the Human Services Alliance of Greater Enid. Coach-A-Kid Enid is aimed at enriching the student's educational experience. The Coach-A-Kid Enid program provides students with positive role models from the Enid area.
Our Coach-A-Kid Enid mission is to improve academic achievement with a focus on reading and math, to build self-esteem, establish positive relationships, and to help children overcome negative behaviors.
Student’s needs are first and foremost in any mentoring situation. What is best for the child is our goal and challenge. We shall mentor with dignity and compassion to meet the educational needs of the child. Parent(s) / Guardian(s) may be involved at any stage of the mentoring process. We will respect decisions made by the parent for the child.
Teachers will be recognized as professionals with the monumental mission of educating our Enid Public School children. We will assist teachers in communicating the appropriate educational material to the child.
Mentors are a worthy group of individuals who will be held in the highest regard. They are giving of themselves to the child, the parent, the teacher, the school system, and the community as a whole. We hope through this process of caring, that each mentor will receive rewards that could never be defined in monetary terms.
Goals & Objectives
- To improve academic achievement with a focus on reading and math. To build self-esteem, self-motivation, and self-determination in children.
- To provide positive role models for children.
- To establish relationships that encourage children to discuss educational concerns with a mentor. To help children become aware of problems (see examples below) that can cause young people to act in negative or destructive ways.
- Low self-esteem
- Poor communication skills
- Inability to handle conflict / anger constructively
- Lack of awareness of alternatives, options, and choices
- To provide help in overcoming negative and/or destructive behaviors.
- To improve classroom participation and academic success of children.
Coach-A-Kid Enid is a coordinated effort of United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma, Human Services Alliance of Greater Enid, and Enid Public Schools. The Coach-A-Kid Enid Program Director is responsible for the following activities:
- Recruitment and selection of mentors
- Program operations
- Matching of mentor with mentee
- Mentor education and training
- Program evaluation process
The Coach-A-Kid Program
The school (Principal, Teacher, &/or School Counselor) will identify and select the students for the Coach-A-Kid Enid Mentoring Program. They will complete a Student Profile Form for each student that is recommended for the program. Each participating teacher will assist the Coach-A-Kid coordinator in scheduling a mutually convenient time for the mentor to work with the students in their classroom.
Parent(s) / Guardian(s) are instrumental in the development of their child’s education. Therefore, the school will ask each parent to sign a (Parent / Guardian) Permission Form before their student is able to participate in the Coach-A-Kid Enid program. This will ensure that the parents are:
- Aware of the program, and
- Approve of their child participating in the program.
The student’s teacher will provide reading materials, math materials, worksheet or other classroom assignments for the mentor to assist the student with during each mentoring session.
Mentors share 30-60 minutes per week providing assistance for students in academic improvement, self-esteem building, behavior skills, positive attitude development and emphasizing the importance of regular attendance. A successful mentoring program helps to produce, in the long term, stronger, more confident and well prepared young people to enter our workforce, and become productive citizens in our community. The immediate benefits for strong mentoring programs are as follows:
- Research has proven that mentoring programs can improve academic achievement.
- Mentors can build self-esteem and self-motivation, which is vital for the child’s long-term success.
- Mentoring programs provide early intervention through one-on-one instruction by caring adults.
- Mentoring sessions are structured to allow the student and mentor to focus on identified weaknesses and raise performance of underachieving students.
- Mentors provide children with caring adult role models who can stimulate interest in academic pursuits and instill the confidence needed to tackle difficult challenges in life.
- Mentors have the opportunity to demonstrate and strengthen everyday life skills for the student.
- Mentors receive the satisfaction of helping a young person succeed.
- Students can receive instant feedback from their mentor.
- Mentors provide a positive role model for student.
- The concept of volunteerism is introduced at an early age.
Mentors are professionals and individuals from the community who have the ability to guide, coach, and facilitate learning. A Coach-A-Kid Enid mentor is someone who:
- Develops a relationship with the child that allows them to discuss educational and career concerns.
- Provides support and inspiration for the child.
- Provides academic support through tutorial assistance.
- Develops in the child a positive self-image.
- Recognizes, rewards, and encourages good behavior and achievement.
- Helps the student in sound decision making.
Coach-A-Kid Enid has established minimum requirements for volunteers participating in the mentoring program. These guidelines and requirements are to help ensure successful outcomes for all mentoring relationships. A Coach-A-Kid Enid mentor:
- Commits to serving a minimum of one school year in the program.
- Is in good standing with the established policies and procedures of the Coach-A-Kid Enid program and their employer.
- Attends a Coach-A-Kid Enid Orientation.
- Follows all established policies and procedures of Enid Public Schools and the operation of each school as identified by the school principal.
- Participates in a one-on-one relationship with the child (30-60 minutes per week, during the school day) in the designated area at the school site, as assigned by the school.
- Provides advanced notification to Coach-A-Kid Enid and the school when he/she is unable to attend.
- Acts under the direction of Coach-A-Kid Enid, the classroom teacher and/or school Principal or Counselor.