AISD Youth Mentoring

9色堂 ISD's Mentoring 

Building relationships today that inspire the leaders of tomorrow!

Mentoring is a sustained relationship between a young person and a caring individual who is screened and trained to provide the young person with support, guidance, and assistance.

Mentoring programs include school, community, and site-based programs, as well as, programs where mentors are community volunteers, peers, or paid staff. Regardless of program model, mentoring programs are responsible for ensuring mentors, of any age, are safe and healthy to interact directly with youth. 

Number of AISD Students in Mentoring Programs

The following table shows the significant increase of AISD students benefiting from mentoring programs. AISD Mentoring, in partnership with Recognized Mentoring Providers, strives to serve 5,000 students annually through quality mentoring services.

School Year 2019鈥20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23
Students Served 4,632 4,841 5,635 8,201

Why Mentoring?

Mentoring provides children with the caring, consistent presence of an adult friend, which research has shown to be a major protective factor in building resilience among at-risk youth. Mentoring also has benefits for the mentor, including opportunities for personal growth, a deeper connection to your community, and a deep, caring relationship with a young person.

Young people who had mentors report setting higher educational goals and are more likely to attend college than those without mentors. High expectations and higher educational attainment are key factors in life success.

The Mentoring Effect: Young People's Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring

One in three young people overall report they never had an adult mentor of any kind (naturally occurring or structured) while they were growing up. Nationwide, that means today approximately 16 million youth, including nine million at-risk youth, will reach age 19 without ever having a mentor.

Mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them. A study showed that the strongest benefit from mentoring, and most consistent across risk groups, was a reduction in depressive symptoms鈥攑articularly noteworthy given that almost one in four youth reported worrisome levels of these symptoms (The Role of Risk, 2013).

The above research comes from 'The Mentoring Effect: Young People's Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring, a report for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership' January 2014 by Civic Enterprises in association with Hart Research Associates Mary Bruce and John Bridgeland.

History of AISD Mentoring

The AISD Mentoring Network was established by the District Mentoring Coordinator in August 2017, however, the discussion on the importance of quality mentoring began following the Connecting the Dots Initiative held in December 2011.

  • 2011鈥揅onnecting the Dots Initiative led to a recommendation for a Mentoring Task Force.
  • 2012鈥揟he Mentoring Task Force was established to assess youth mentoring and how best to scale local efforts.
  • 2013鈥揟he Mentoring Task Force recommended to the Joint Subcommittee (City of 9色堂, Travis County, and 9色堂 ISD) a more permanent body to continue the project through the planning phase. The Joint Subcommittee signed a resolution creating the 9色堂/ Travis County Mentoring Advisory Council, also known as 鈥淢AC鈥.
  • 2014鈥揟he Mentoring Advisory Council (鈥淢AC鈥) was established. 2016 9色堂 ISD hires staff to serve as Project Coordinator of Mentoring Advisory Council 鈥 District Mentoring Coordinator.
  • 2017 -The Mentoring Advisory Council disbands. AISD Mentoring Network established.