• Mentees come in all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Photo Credit LonelyPierot on Deviantart
    Mentees come in all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Photo Credit LonelyPierot on Deviantart

The Georgetown Independent School District (GISD) offers a great opportunity for Southwestern students to become mentors. Volunteers commit 30 minutes to one student each week or 60 minutes to two students, making a huge difference in the lives of the student.

Over 1200 students are on the waiting list, hoping to have a great mentor. Mentees come in all shapes, sizes and backgrounds, from grades K-12 at schools around the district. Mentors put down their preferences and are matched to a mentee based on commonalities, and they go to to the school of their mentee each week for these short sessions.

GISD stresses that mentoring provides mentees with the support that increases self-esteem, improves academic skills, and supports good behavior and ambition.

Each potential mentor must go through one Mentor Volunteer Training session. These sessions are held at several locations, the most convenient being Southwestern on the first Tuesday of every month from 7:00-8:00PM in Olin 111.

The training dates for Spring 2012 will be:

  • Tuesday, February 7, 2012
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2012
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2012
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2012

If a potential mentor cannot make these times, they can contact the Director of the GISD District Mentor Program Laura Antoine at 512-943-5175.
After completing the training, potential mentors enroll in the system via the Mentor Fast Track Application. More information is on the GISD website, but some brief instructions from the website state:

  • Go to the GISD home page at www.georgetownisd.org
  • Access the “Careers & Volunteers” tab in the top margin and scroll down the list to “Volunteers & Mentors”.
  • Scroll down page to “Mentor Fast Track Application”.  (Please READ online “Instructional” tutorial provided below this link BEFORE actually processing your application)
  • Complete application and submit. 

Another option for Southwestern students considering mentoring is another GISD opportunity, Operation Achievement, which involves 6th-8th grade mentees. GISD brings the OA mentees to Southwestern each week for two hours, in contrast to the GISD mentoring where volunteer mentors go to the mentee’s school for thirty minutes each week. Each opportunity provides a way for Southwestern to embrace the community on a one-on-one basis that gives a GISD student the motivation and support to set goals and accomplish them.


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