Local high school students have something new to feel good about. In communities like Ridgefield, teens with special talents in academics, athletics and the arts have new opportunities to become mentors to younger children.
Role Model Mentors, a start- up company based in Ridgefield, matches high achieving high schoolers with students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Mentors use their afternoons, evenings, and weekends to help younger students develop good homework habits, prepare for tests and plan ahead for school projects. Mentors also help elementary and middle school students learn new skills in their favorite sports, in music and in extracurricular topics such as coding and leadership.
“The idea is to develop authentic relationships between young kids and the older kids they naturally look up to”, says Tim Boylan, founder of Role Model Mentors. “The tutoring and skills development are great. But it’s also about demonstrating what good character looks like.”
“Our mentor, Ty, spent a couple of hours a week with our 11-year old son, Sam, says Michelle Briody of Ridgefield. They worked on math homework and did some soccer drills. “It was great because Ty was on the varsity soccer team and Sam thought that was really cool.” “Then, one day Ty brings a chess set,” Briody adds. “ All of a sudden Sam is learning chess and loving it.”
High school mentors are paid for their time and they also benefit from the experiences of meaningful work and entrepreneurship. And for every family that signs up for mentoring services, Role Model Mentors makes a $30 donation to a local non-profit organization.
To learn more about Role Model Mentors visit www.rolemodelmentors.com. If you choose to request a consultation about mentoring services, use promo code RMM111.