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Mentoring is an extremely effective way to positively affect the City's youth. According to the National Mentoring Partnership, teens who are mentored are:

  • 73% more likely to raise their goals as a result of the relationship
  • 59% more likely to get better grades
  • 46% less likely to get involved with drugs

Mentoring Helps Students

These figures are supported by statistics from Big Brothers Big Sisters, which goes on to report that mentored students are:

  • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
  • 56% report improved relationships with their peers
  • 64% developed higher levels of self-confidence
  • 33% were less likely to hit someone
  • Better able to get along with their family members

Becoming a Mentor

Getting Started

First step: Become a registered volunteer with Pinellas County Schools by submitting the complete volunteer registration form to your nearest school. The PCS Volunteer Registration form can be found online at

Second step: Register for a Mentor Strategies Training Workshop, or for additional dates and locations in Pinellas County, by contacting Michelle Roberge by phone: (727) 570-5050 or by email:

Mentor Training Schedule 
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 3pm to 5pm
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 8am to 10am
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 3pm to 5pm
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 8am to 10am
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 3pm to 5pm
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 8am to 10am
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 3pm to 5pm
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 8am to 10am
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 3pm to 5pm
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 8am to 10am

Other Endorsed Programs

If you can't become a mentor, opportunities for involvement are ample and varied, both in terms of time commitment and time of day. Programs supported by the St. Pete's Promise Program education initiative include:


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