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How You Can Help Mentor a Student

mentoring and support for foster kids

Foster Care to Success has always known that young people need the support of caring adults in order to thrive.

We have mentored students since 1981, first through the U.S. mail and then through a state-of-the-art web portal. Today, our Academic Success Program matches student participants with trained volunteer coaches like you – coaches who take an active interest in their lives and their education and can communicate with them via telephone, text messaging, Facebook, email and Skype.

How does the Academic Success Program work?

The Academic Success Program partners dedicated, trained volunteer coaches with support from FC2S’s experienced staff to provide students with the encouragement and guidance they need to do well academically and personally.

Coaches make a one-year commitment to support one to four students (depending on need of the organization) with at least weekly communication via telephone, text messaging, Facebook, email and Skype. The Academic Success Program does not permit or support face-to-face mentoring.  Most coaches start off with one or two students, and generally dedicate from one to three hours a week to the Academic Success Program.

In order to be a coach, you must:

  • be 25 or older
  • complete an initial application and interview
  • pass a background check
  • participate in comprehensive online training.

Once you are matched with your student(s), you submit online reports twice a month as well as an end-of-year survey.

Because students and coaches are matched at the beginning of each semester, the application is open between June 15 – July 15 and November 1 – December 1. This keeps the waiting time between training and beginning coaching to a minimum.

Email us at asp@fc2success.org if you’re interested in being a coach, and we’ll send you a reminder before November 1.

Check out what our students have learned from the Academic Success Program!

“What I learned from my coach is communication skills. I learned how to keep in touch, which teaches me how to network.” – Alisha C.

“It’s OK to make a mistake – just make sure that I try not to make it again and that I learn from the mistakes I made.” – Brittany W.

“I learned that before I say the first thing that comes to mind, suck on a lifesaver. That keeps my mouth too busy to talk.” – Morgan P.

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