“We couldn’t have asked for a better first meeting. It’s been great.”
By the end of the current school year, she hopes to be able to match up more adult volunteers with young mentees.
“We have close to 836 kids here at Compass, and we’d love to have a mentor for each one of our kids but we are focusing on our Hispanic and African-American students in need first,” she said.
The program’s launch was so successful, discussions have started on expanding the service.
“We are already talking about summer classes and going on to next school year,” Lambert said.
Compass Elementary Principal Kim Hauer said the mentoring program is a key part of the school’s future.
“We know that here at Compass our students will be most successful when they are surrounded by people they have strong relationships with – especially adults,” Hauer said.
“This Connections Mentoring program is providing another stable, healthy, ongoing relationship and another adult our students know will have their back if they need it.”
Fairfield Schools Spokeswoman Gina Gentry-Fletcher said mentoring fits in with the district’s strategy to enhance racial and ethnic diversity while assisting students toward success.
“We look at ways to engage our students of color and look for ways to help them to achieve in the classroom and life. This program is the perfect way for them to get involved in something after school,” Gentry-Fletcher said.