Reach me. Teach me. Believe in me. Mentor me.
Become a mentor and help shape the leaders of tomorrow! Join the Mentor Coalition today.
Read this KWBU story to learn how the organizations part of the Mentor Coalition are impacting our community’s youth!
Learn more about the organizations part of the Mentor Coalition:
LEAD (Leadership, Education & Development): The LEAD program is a business and education partnership sponsored by the Greater Waco Chamber. The program pairs Waco ISD, Midway ISD, La Vega ISD, Rapoport Academy and Harmony Science Academy students with business leaders to foster mentoring relationships that educate and expose students to various business fields. By improving the students’ knowledge of higher education and potential career paths they expand their goals for their future. We hope to motivate them to graduate high school and pursue higher education, which in turn ensures greater employability and quality of life. For more information, contact Rachel Martinez or call 254-757-5633.
Communities In Schools of the Heart of Texas: CIS-HOT serves students in 30 campuses in 12 school districts: Chilton, Clifton, Connally, Fairfield, Itasca, La Vega, Marlin, Mexia, Teague, Waco, and West ISD as well as Waco Charter School. As a national dropout prevention program, Communities In Schools works to remove barriers to learning. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The CIS- HOT mentoring program is school based and a key component to keeping students engaged in the learning process. For more information, contact Courtney Powell or call 254-753-6002 ext. 2026.
CASA of McLennan and Hill Counties: CASA of McLennan and Hill Counties recruits, trains and empowers everyday community members to act as advocates for abused and/or neglected children that have been brought into the protective custody of the State of Texas (foster care). CASA Volunteer Advocates are sworn in by a District Judge and take an oath to keep the best interests of the child or children they serve as their focus and to maintain confidentiality. CASA of McLennan and Hill Counties. For more information, contact Mindi Masten or call 254-304-7982.
Kids Hope USA: KHUSA is an expanding national network of church/school partnerships, including several in Waco. Our mission is to provide supportive faithful one-on-one mentoring and tutoring adult relationships for at-risk students. Our goal is to foster positive changes in attitude, behavior, academic performance and hopes for the future. We serve children ages 5 to 14 (K-8th grade) at the following schools: Brook Avenue, South Waco and Hewitt Elementary schools and Carver and Tennyson Middle schools. We require a one year commitment from our mentors. For more information, contact Anne Broaddus or call 254-537-9099.
Department of Aging & Disability Services Foster Grandparent Program: The Foster Grandparent Program is open to senior citizens age 55 and over who wish to enrich the lives of exceptional needs children. As a Foster Grandparent you would meet and assist children at day care centers, local head starts and elementary schools throughout McLennan County. Participation may be anywhere from 20 to 40 hours per week and can earn you a small tax-free stipend for your time. Grandparents must complete a medical release, income verification, and clear background checks prior to service. For more information, contact Emily Dressen or call 254-562-4234.
Klaras Center for Families: Klaras Center for Families (KCF) offers children’s counseling services for children ages 3-18. We focus on the family and find ways to help the family. We also offer parenting groups and family counseling, music lessons, writing group, art group, horse therapy, etc. to help our children succeed. We have “open access” Mon/Tues/Thurs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. which allows anyone to walk-in and seek evaluation for services. For more information, contact Jessica Hernandez or call 254-265-2508.
Indian Spring Middle School (Waco ISD) : Indian Spring Middle School empowers students to achieve personal excellence and be productive citizens in our global society. Volunteers help throughout the year to assist with the Service Learning Program, Afterschool Program, and tutoring. The purpose of these programs is to enrich students lives, develop interests, and increase learning opportunities. Volunteers commit to come (at least) one hour once a week for a minimum of one semester. For more information, contact Travis Cheatham or call 254-757-6200 ext. 2003.
Brazos Education Foundation: Brazos Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable access to higher education through resources, scholarships, and information. BEF connects individual mentors with with college students receiving the Brazos Education Foundation renewable scholarship. Brazos Education Foundation provides training, textbooks, and emergency funds to ensure academic success. Visit our website to volunteer.
Talitha Koum: Talitha Koum Institute is a faith-based organization providing a mental health therapeutic Nurture Center to extreme-risk children from eight weeks old to Kindergarten. Mentors are matched to kindergarten students giving that child life experiences and helping them navigate the school system. Mentors commit to at least one year and can be an individual, two friends, a couple, a family. Primary mentors must be 18, fill out an application, attend an interview, and a volunteer orientation, typically held Saturdays from 10 to noon. If you’ve considered fostering a child but find that the obligation is too much for your family, mentoring a Talitha Koum child is a wonderful alternative. TKI mentoring, with the mentee’s family in full cooperation, engages the child in creative, educational, spiritual, social, and mind-expanding experiences as well as simply following you along in life. To learn more or apply, visit http://www.TalithaKoum.org/mentors or email Susan Cowley.