Leaders Make Readers Program
The City of League City and the League City Chamber of Commerce are teaming up with Clear Creek Independent School District to launch the Leaders Make Readers mentoring program. Leaders Make Readers is designed to give kids extra reading practice one-on-one with a caring mentor and to make the reading experience fun! The volunteers help students develop responsibility, leadership, and communication skills while they serve their community and make a difference in children's lives.
Volunteers commit to 30 or 60 minutes a week to read with a CCISD elementary school student. One lunch break a month or 30 minutes before work is all it takes to make a difference in the life of a local student.
Mentoring programs across the country are developed with many different goals and objectives; however, most programs have been designed to expect changes and benefits in the general areas of: academic achievement, employment or career preparation, social or behavior modification, family and parenting skills, and social responsibilities. With those program goals in mind it is expected to see individual or school results such as:
- Decrease in discipline referrals
- Improved school achievement
- Increase in community service activities
- Increase in self-esteem
- Increased graduation rates
- Increased school attendance
Impact of Mentoring
Regardless of the format, structure, or institutional host of the program, mentoring is a community development program. Mentoring changes the structure and institutional boundaries of the community and the vision of the student. It serves as a powerful human force in a school, community, or state that can change the vision, health, or the economic base of the community.