The TJ Alumni Association is taking the lead to start a mentor program at our former high school. Steve Moffett will be coordinating the program for the Board of the Alumni Association and will be working with Sandi Massey, TJ Principal, and David Bates, DISD Supervisor of Student Services, to implement it. There are other campuses in DISD with active programs, including E.H. Cary.
The are many benefits to a program like this, including but not limited to the following:
- Give students additional tools in life to be successful,
- Provide positive role models that students might not currently have,
- Provide “real life” experiences from former students,
- Help students to build their confidence levels,
- Help students to be better communicators,
- Provide students a better understanding of what to expect in college,
- Provide a valuable, possibly life changing experience for both student and mentor.
The program will require a commitment on your part. We will likely work the program on a semester by semester basis, and would like for you to commit to at least a full semester if possible. If you are interested and sign up, you will need to be available to meet with a student or a small group of students at the school on a regular basis during the semester. We have not yet decided if that will be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, and it may depend on your availability. The time will probably be between 3:50 and 4:15. Prior to our starting the program, there will be some training required which will be provided by David Bates. We plan to start the program with the Spring semester and our first step is to identify how many mentors we can get.
If you are interested in helping us with this valuable program, please contact Steve Moffett by e-mail at email@example.com, or by phone at (972) 571-5553. The kids at TJ really need as many tools in their toolbox as possible to be successful in this difficult world and we believe that this is going to be a great way to help them.