Mayor Tom Reid proclaimed Jan. 12, as National Mentor Month in Pearland at the regular City Council meeting Jan. 9. Pearland ISD members Kim Hocott and Mandy Bendix accepted the proclamation at the meeting.
Pearland ISD created its own mentoring program called RISE Mentoring in 2015.
Established in fall 2015, RISE Mentoring is a school-based program in which committed, caring adults from the community help students rise above obstacles and succeed in school and life.
With parent permission, students are selected to participate based on teacher and counselor recommendations. After a background check and training, RISE mentors meet with their assigned student at school for 30 minutes per week for the entire school year. Program coordinators match students with mentors only if personality needs and/or interests fit. Mentors include local bankers, bus drivers, law enforcement officers and retirees.
RISE Mentoring is an umbrella for community-supported mentor programs throughout Pearland ISD. The primary mission of RISE Mentoring is that caring, committed adults in the Pearland community will RISE up and accept the greatest commandment of all — to love one another, according to PISD.
“We appreciate the Mayor and City Council showing their support of RISE Mentoring in Pearland ISD. These individuals understand the importance of building relationships and giving back. We are thankful for the chance to showcase the commitment of our over 250 current mentors and hopefully bring awareness to those who have yet to hear about this opportunity,” Hocutt said. Hocutt is the Director of Communications for PISD.
City officials have been working with the program.
“The city isn’t involved with overseeing the program, but Mayor Reid believes in mentoring our youth. We have some city employees and a councilman who serve as mentors. Recently at the quarterly employee meeting for the City, our mentor specialist Mandy Benedix presented the opportunity to become a mentor to all city employees,” Hocutt said.
PISD encourages community members to become a mentor.
“If a business would like a 15-minute presentation about RISE Mentoring, we will be happy to go there and share the possibility and how it may work for their employees,” Hocutt said.
For more information, visit www.pearlandisd./mentoring or contact Mentor/Volunteer Specialist Mandy Benedix at [email protected]
Story by Karolyn Gephart