One of my goals as Lieutenant Governor is to encourage Delawareans to mentor children in our public schools. Mentoring provides not only much needed tutoring for children who may be struggling, but a caring and reliable supporter. All it takes is as little as one-hour a week during the school year, and you can help a child succeed at school and learn valuable life skills.
"One-hour a week might not sound like much, but it changes their world." - Lt. Governor Matt Denn
"Mentoring is one of the most important things I do in my life." - Senator Tom Carper.
In addition to encouraging individuals to become mentors, I also am recruiting businesses to partner with specific schools. Not only will this provide a source of mentors, but my hope is that it can benefit schools in other ways as well, including finding ways to keep schools open into the evenings and weekends so they can serve as locations for more community activities.
If you are an individual or you represent a business that is interested in signing up for mentoring, please contact Julia Lawes in my office at 302-577-8158 or email Julia Lawes at Julia.Lawes@state.de.us and she can connect you to a local mentoring organization who provides free mentor training, and help you choose a school partner.
Delaware Businesses Mentor!
Lt. Governor Matthew Denn thanks all of the Delaware businesses who encourage their employees to spend one hour a week mentoring. Of specific note, ShopRite even offers their employees paid time to mentor. Here is the list of businesses that have stepped up to provide adult mentors to hundreds of Delaware schoolchildren, along with the schools they have partnered with:
- Bank of America (Howard High School)
- Barclay's (East Side Charter School)
- Blue Cross Blue Shield (Springer Elementary School)
- Christiana Care (Pulaski Elementary School)
- Dupont (Ferris School)
- HSBC (Pleasantville School)
- J.P. Morgan Chase (Bancroft Elementary School)
- Richards Layton & Finger (Bancroft Elementary School)
- ShopRite (Warner Elementary School)
- Skadden Arps (Stubb's Elementary School)
- Temple Beth Shalom
Not only does mentoring improve the lives of mentees and mentors, but data also shows that employees who volunteer to mentor add benefit back to the workplace, by having an increased positive attitude. Creative Mentoring, a local non-profit, reports:
Many of our mentors are full-time employees who take time to mentor during their regular work hours, thanks to their employers' desire to give back to the community and help children in need... [more]
The Real Benefits of Mentoring
Benefits for your mentee:
- Your mentee's attitude will improve towards their parents, peers and teachers;
- Your mentee will stay motivated and focused on their education;
- Your mentee will have help facing daily challenges; and
- Your mentee will consider new career paths and get much-needed economic skills and knowledge.
Benefits for you as a mentor:
- You will make a positive and significant difference in someone else's life.
- You will learn about yourself.
- You will give back and contribute to the future.
- You will have fun!
Mentoring in the News
A Little Time, A Big Difference
A new push for youth mentoring is on-and you heard it from the Lieutenant Governor
Delaware once had nearly 10,000 volunteer mentors. With that number having fallen by half, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware and Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn are working to reverse the trend... [More]
State Leaders Recognize Local Businesses for Mentoring in Delaware
Denn encourages more to join effort
To mark the first year of the state's new business-school mentoring partnership, Lt. Gov. Matt Denn honored the businesses that have stepped up to provide adult mentors to hundreds of Delaware schoolchildren during a ceremony Friday, Jan. 15 at Warner Elementary School... [More]