PINELLAS COUNTY — Community members have a variety of options to support Pinellas students. There are many volunteer opportunities for dedicated, caring individuals who are interested in supporting and guiding students.
Districtwide Virtual Mentoring
Virtual mentoring provides students with the opportunity to continue their current mentoring sessions with their mentors. Additionally, it provides a more flexible and convenient experience for current mentors, and the recruitment of new mentors for the 2020-2021 school year. Virtual mentoring will begin in September 2020.
Mentoring Programs include:
- 5000 Role Models of Excellence – This program is designed to boost the self-image and increase the social skills and academic performance of targeted males.
- Girlfriends of Pinellas County – This program is aimed at empowering young ladies through academic support. Students are provided resources and tools to encourage high self-esteem and self-reliance.
- Lunch Pals – This lunchtime mentoring program pairs businesses, community organizations and individuals with a school to provide students with the additional presence of caring adults. All meetings occur during the student’s lunch.
- Peer-to-Peer Mentoring – This program gives high school seniors the opportunity to mentor incoming freshman. Seniors provide support and guidance to students.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay – This school-based mentoring program for elementary and middle-school children is designed to improve academic, social and behavioral performance.
All mentors must attend a virtual mentor workshop. The 60-minute workshops begin Aug. 20.
Learn more about how to become a virtual mentor and the dates and times of all virtual mentor workshops by visiting www.pcsb.org/mentors or calling the Office of Strategic Partnerships at (727) 588-6405.