Project Mentor was created in Manor ISD in 2007 under a 3-year US Department of Education Grant. After the 3 year deadline, the District allowed the program to continue as a result of the impact it was creating for our youth. Project Mentor was initially designed to address the needs of youth in grades 3rd - 8th. Over the years it changed its name to Mentor Manor and now serves students in grades 2nd - 12th.
Mentor Manor serves all of the elementary, middle and high school campuses. Over 150 students have been matched with mentors. The program recruits mentors from various organizations including but not limited to Samsung, Applied Materials, Faith-Based Organizations, The University of Texas at Austin, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, Education Connection, Travis County Constable Precinct 1, Breakthrough Austin, among others.
Mentees are students in the Manor Independent School District who are referred by their parents, school counselor, teachers and/or friends. The mentors and mentees meet at their assigned campus, once a week, for 30-45 minutes. Many of our campuses have an assigned mentor room. Mentors and mentees meet in the mentor room and work on classroom assignments, play games, or engage in enriching conversations. If there is not a mentor room at the assigned campus, mentors and mentees meet in another classroom on campus.
Fields trips and other mentor and mentee activities are scheduled throughout the year.
Many people are involved in the operation of this mentoring program. Please note that because mentors are placed at all Manor ISD campuses, not all point of contacts will be provided here. However, the Mentor Coordinator will provide each mentor with his/her assigned campus point of contact.
Mentors: The volunteers who will be matched with the mentees in the program.
Mentees: The youth who will participate in the program and who will be matched with mentors.
Parents: Parents of the youth who are participating in the program. Parents need to give youth permission to participate in the program before a match is made with a mentor.
When and how to get help if problems come up:
This program was created to offer our youth opportunities for growth, development of their skills, and to have a lot of fun in a safe environment. If for any reason you find that you have questions about the program, or any person associated with it, we want you to call us right away. No question or concern is too small or too big. We are providing several telephone numbers for you; please feel free to use any of them. If you would prefer to contact someone not listed here, such as other school staff, please feel free to do that as well. You may want to add a few of these other numbers to this list so you will know where they are if you need them. Don’t forget to add your campus point of contact, mentee’s teacher and campus principal.
Rebecca Lott, Director of Student and Family Support Services
Mayra A. Hernandez, Mentor Manor Coordinator
Becky Rivera, Student and Family Support Services Coordinator
Andrea Medrano, Administrative Specialist