Talitha Koum Mentor Program
As Talitha Koum children enter public school Kindergarten, Talitha Koum goes along, continuing to provide love and support. Part of that support comes through our Mentor Program, designed to help each child in ways that do not replace the parent, but join with the parents to augment a child’s comprehension of and ability to navigate the widening world and continue on the journey toward wholeness ~ body, mind and spirit.
Following are some of the ways our mentors participate:
- In the main, take your mentee along for a ride in your normal life. There are opportunities for sharing at every turn, whether you are at the grocery store, bank, dry cleaners, a church outing, a play or a concert, or in your own backyard.
- Attend open house at school or early “round up” night if the child’s school has one.
- Go with the parent to meet the principal and the child’s teacher either before school starts or afterwards.
- Help with special projects or homework assigned to the mentee that might require an adult’s participation such as the making of a costume or a special art project.
- Occasionally drop by the school, when time permits, to have lunch with the child.
- Assist child, as the parent sees fit, to participate in all school contests/events, being sure any necessary supplies are available. (PTA Reflections, special campus contests, pumpkin carving, school pictures, etc).
- Help parent to participate as a classroom helper – this might be as a room mother or in filling any other special requests of the teacher.
- Attend teacher conferences with the parent or on behalf of the parent, discussing in advance any concerns the parent might have and acting as an advocate in helping to voice those concerns.
- Celebrate report cards with the child. Mentors will find something positive to celebrate. All “As” are nice but unusual. Within each child there are special gifts and talents. A mentor’s way of celebrating might take the form of a special treat like ice cream, dinner out, or the gift of a book.
Mentors may be responsible for a great deal of the communication in this relationship and will be proactive. Mentors and parents exchange key information regarding phone calls and best ways to stay in touch. The parents of mentored children provide the school with authorization for the mentor to act in the parent’s stead, able to pick up the child from school, speak with the child’s teacher or counselor, attend meetings and events, etc.
Goals of Mentor Program
- Maintain tie with Talitha Koum. Encourage parents to continue attending TKI Parents Meeting on Tuesday evenings at 6:00. Our motto is: Once a Talitha Koum parent, always a Talitha Koum parent.
- Encourage positive relationship with school.
- Help parents communicate in a productive way with teachers and others in the school.
- Be an advocate when necessary for the child.
- Help child to achieve and experience success so that his/her education becomes a positive experience.
- Help parents establish the expectation that their child will succeed and will graduate.
- Celebrate success with the student and parents.
- Provide cultural experiences that extend from the arts to experiences in nature, sports, and wherever the child’s natural interests lead.
- Speak the thought of attending college (or some form of higher education) often!