The mission of the Friends and Mentors for Change Mentoring Program (FAM) is to improve our youth's academic achievement, social competence, and avoidance of high-risk behavior by providing influential relationships with caring mentors who work to help the mentees achieve their maximum potential. FAM for Change works to empower our youth to serve as leaders in our community, advocate for social justice, engage in our democracy, make positive life choices, and realize their full potential.
Bridgewater State University (BSU) and Brockton Public Schools (BPS) have partnered to develop an innovative mentoring program for students who have faced challenges in their school performance, but show great potential. BPS students will be paired with BSU student mentors for their four years of high school. By becoming civically engaged, high school students will discover new talents, participate in team building activities and learn to be mentors in their own school and community.
BPS students will begin the program in the spring of their eighth grade year with an introductory event followed by a four day summer institute. Beginning in September, the program will include weekly get together during the school year held at Brockton High School (BHS) and BSU to engage in positive social and recreational activities in the community. The first year of the program will begin with approximately 15 Brockton eighth grade students. Each year a new group of eighth grade students will be chosen in the spring for the program. During their experience in the program, BPS students will also learn to be mentors to younger students entering the program.
Brockton High School Students
Spring - Brockton eighth grade students will be chosen for the program.
Spring - Brockton students and their families will attend an introductory event.
August - Brockton students will attend a four day summer institute.
September - Brockton students will attend weekly get together during the school year at BHS and BSU.
Transportation will be provided.
Special events for students and families will be hosted at BHS and BSU during the school year.
Brockton students will attend the program for their entire high school career.
Brockton students who attend the program for four years, graduate high school and are accepted to BSU will receive free tuition and fees from BSU for their entire undergraduate college career.
Bridgewater State University Students
Spring - BSU student mentors will attend Leadership and Mentoring for Social Change, a semester-long prerequisite course for participation in the program.
Spring - BSU student mentors will attend an introductory event.
Spring - BSU student mentors will tour Brockton High School and the City of Brockton.
August - BSU student mentors will attend and facilitate the summer institute for one week.
September - BSU student mentors will conduct weekly get togethers during the school year at BHS and BSU.
BSU student mentors will continue as mentors in the program while they
are enrolled at BSU. They will develop leadership and mentoring experience
inclusion in their university and career portfolio.
For more information on the Friends and Mentors for Change Mentoring Program, please contact: Kenny Monteiro at 508.531.2296
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Last Modified: November 13, 2012