Student to Student Mentoring Makes a Difference

Posted by Leah Wilson
In partnership with Emory & Henry College, Communities In Schools of Southwest Virginia is working to connect mentors with elementary school students in the Meadowview area. These mentors are Emory & Henry students who have committed to being a consistent and compassionate presence in the life of a child. 

Prior to sending the mentors into the school building, they are provided with training that covers a variety of topics that are applicable to their role, including the power of developmental relationships and how these relationships can truly change the trajectory of a young person’s life. There are five core principles of the developmental relationships framework, each of which we believe to be vital to a successful mentor-mentee pairing: Express Care, Challenge Growth, Provide Support, Share Power, and Expand Possibilities. “Once training is completed, our mentors work with the Site Coordinator at the school to establish a schedule and become paired with a mentee. All we ask is that our mentors commit to weekly visits with their mentee. This may seem like a simple ask, but, as we always tell the mentors during training, for most students these visits will be the best part of their week” says Ryane Terry, community partner and program leader. They are currently working with the juniors and seniors at Emory. There isn’t one specific major or minor focus on recruiting to the program, the main objective is simply to make a difference in the life of a young person. The program training started in November, right before Thanksgiving. Three groups of students were trained throughout the 2021-2022 school year. The goal of the mentor program mirrors the mission of Communities In Schools, which is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The founder, Mr. Bill Milliken, always says that programs don’t change people, relationships do. “We truly believe that we can make an enormous difference in the life of a child through an effective mentor-mentee relationship. Additionally, I hope that the E&H students who become mentors will glean just as much from the experience as the students they work with,” explains Terry. This is a collaborative effort between Emory & Henry (specifically Leah Wilson, the Coordinator of Civic Life at the Appalachian Center for Civic Life & Megan Hamilton, the Coordinator of Civic Engagement Projects at the Appalachian Center for Civic Life), Communities In Schools of Southwest Virginia, and Washington County Public Schools (specifically Meadowview Elementary School). Terry says they are, “still in the very early stages of the program, but I am beyond thrilled at the response we have had from students who want to be mentors. I know college students are extremely busy, so the fact that they are willing to take time out of their schedules to make a difference in the life of a young person is incredibly moving.”

  • Communities In Schools Training Session at EHC
  • The mentoring program was started by Civic Leader Scholars, pictured here.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2439-largest-service-plunge-brought-engagement-to-the"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/204,0,2336,2133/11838_Service-Plunge-Fall-2022_8-13-22_076.rev.1661269394.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/204,0,2336,2133/11838_Service-Plunge-Fall-2022_8-13-22_076.rev.1661269394.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/204,0,2336,2133/11838_Service-Plunge-Fall-2022_8-13-22_076.rev.1661269394.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/204,0,2336,2133/11838_Service-Plunge-Fall-2022_8-13-22_076.rev.1661269394.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/204,0,2336,2133/11838_Service-Plunge-Fall-2022_8-13-22_076.rev.1661269394.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/204,0,2336,2133/11838_Service-Plunge-Fall-2022_8-13-22_076.rev.1661269394.jpg" alt="Students work in the Emory & Henry College Garden during Service Plunge." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/204,0,2336,2133/11838_Service-Plunge-Fall-2022_8-13-22_076.rev.1661269394.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/204,0,2336,2133/11838_Service-Plunge-Fall-2022_8-13-22_076.rev.1661269394.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2132" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2439-largest-service-plunge-brought-engagement-to-the">Largest Service Plunge Brought Engagement to the Community</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">New Emory & Henry College students spread across Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee to join in Service Plunge on Saturday, August 13. Service Plunge is a time-honored tradition at the College, with 25 years of history and many more to come. Organized by the Appalachian Center for Civic Life, teams of students and their faculty coordinators left campus on buses headed to various service locations, most of which represented a theme of their first-year courses.</span></p><a href="/live/news/2439-largest-service-plunge-brought-engagement-to-the" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2072-eamph-senior-revives-appalachian-trail"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/679,0,1809,1130/10446_IMG_0167.rev.1635517728.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/679,0,1809,1130/10446_IMG_0167.rev.1635517728.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/679,0,1809,1130/10446_IMG_0167.rev.1635517728.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/679,0,1809,1130/10446_IMG_0167.rev.1635517728.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/679,0,1809,1130/10446_IMG_0167.rev.1635517728.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/679,0,1809,1130/10446_IMG_0167.rev.1635517728.jpg" alt="Students volunteer their time outside of class to perform trail maintenance on the Appalachian Tr..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/679,0,1809,1130/10446_IMG_0167.rev.1635517728.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/679,0,1809,1130/10446_IMG_0167.rev.1635517728.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1130" data-max-h="1130" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2072-eamph-senior-revives-appalachian-trail">E&H Senior Revives Appalachian Trail</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Carter Hudson completes his senior Civic Innovation project with Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club performing trail maintenance.</span></p><a href="/live/news/2072-eamph-senior-revives-appalachian-trail" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2128-service-plunge-returns-to-emory-henry"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/10690_Service_Plunge_2022-37.rev.1641931321.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/10690_Service_Plunge_2022-37.rev.1641931321.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/10690_Service_Plunge_2022-37.rev.1641931321.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/10690_Service_Plunge_2022-37.rev.1641931321.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/10690_Service_Plunge_2022-37.rev.1641931321.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/10690_Service_Plunge_2022-37.rev.1641931321.jpg" alt="Students at Service Plunge working at the Damascus Trail Center." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/10690_Service_Plunge_2022-37.rev.1641931321.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/10690_Service_Plunge_2022-37.rev.1641931321.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2136" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2128-service-plunge-returns-to-emory-henry">Service Plunge returns to Emory & Henry</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><span style="font-weight: 400;">On Saturday, January 8, incoming students participated in Service Plunge, an annual tradition at Emory & Henry.</span> <a href="/live/news/2128-service-plunge-returns-to-emory-henry" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2137-cvin-100-provides-real-world-experience"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,719,719/10586_Resized_received_2216400735164240.rev.1639417457.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,719,719/10586_Resized_received_2216400735164240.rev.1639417457.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,719,719/10586_Resized_received_2216400735164240.rev.1639417457.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,719,719/10586_Resized_received_2216400735164240.rev.1639417457.jpg" alt="Appalachian Community Connectors Logo" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/51/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,719,719/10586_Resized_received_2216400735164240.rev.1639417457.jpg 2x" data-max-w="719" data-max-h="719" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2137-cvin-100-provides-real-world-experience">CVIN 100 Provides Real World Experience</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><span style="font-weight: 400;">CVIN 100 is an introduction class to Civic Innovation. This is a class whose goal is to bring people closer through people-to-people interactions in a safe environment.</span> <a href="/live/news/2137-cvin-100-provides-real-world-experience" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2207-a-boost-of-snacks-food-and-supplies-when-in-need"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/368,0,1736,1367/10821_Stingers_Supply_Shelf_Check-2.rev.1644855628.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/368,0,1736,1367/10821_Stingers_Supply_Shelf_Check-2.rev.1644855628.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/368,0,1736,1367/10821_Stingers_Supply_Shelf_Check-2.rev.1644855628.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/368,0,1736,1367/10821_Stingers_Supply_Shelf_Check-2.rev.1644855628.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/368,0,1736,1367/10821_Stingers_Supply_Shelf_Check-2.rev.1644855628.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/368,0,1736,1367/10821_Stingers_Supply_Shelf_Check-2.rev.1644855628.jpg" alt="Student Sarah Dutton is presented with a check surrounded by faculty, staff and President John W...." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/368,0,1736,1367/10821_Stingers_Supply_Shelf_Check-2.rev.1644855628.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/368,0,1736,1367/10821_Stingers_Supply_Shelf_Check-2.rev.1644855628.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1368" data-max-h="1367" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2207-a-boost-of-snacks-food-and-supplies-when-in-need">A Boost of Snacks, Food and Supplies When in Need</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Emory & Henry College has been awarded a $1,000 grant from Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, earmarked for the Stinger’s Supply Shelf coordinated by Sodexo, dining service provider at Emory & Henry College. <a href="/live/news/2207-a-boost-of-snacks-food-and-supplies-when-in-need" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>