Katy ISD looking for mentors, inviting community to breakfast
Sometimes all a child needs to succeed in life is a promise from a committed, caring adult that they will be there to listen whenever that child needs.
That’s the message Katy ISD administrators are trying to send to the community to attract anyone interested in changing a child’s life by becoming a mentor and part of the district’s KEYS Mentoring program, said Heather Sanders, Partners in Education Coordinator for the district.
The district is preparing for its annual KEYS (Keep Encouraging Youth Toward Success) Kickoff scheduled later this month at the Merrell Center, where attendees will be invited to sign up to become mentors.
“What we offer is a relationship program,” Sanders said regarding the KEYS program. “We match caring adults with students who are put in the program for a multitude of reasons. Grades, absences or whatever is going on in their lives at the time. I think that for any of us having someone to talk to… We can all use someone to listen to us.”
Hundreds are expected to attend the KEYS Kickoff informational meeting and breakfast, which begins at 8 a.m. and runs through 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 21 to hear a discussion on ways they can make an impact on students who may be struggling in school.
The mentors are volunteers and can be anyone from the community, “including full-time moms, Katy ISD teachers and administrators, people with full-time jobs, those in the military, retirees, basically any adult who wants to do it,” Sanders said, adding that eveyone goes through a comprehensive background check before they can interact with Katy ISD students.
The KEYS program currently has about 1,000 mentors and a little less than that as far as mentees, she said.
“We are trying to grow that population because we believe that everyone could use a mentor in their lives,” Sanders said.
The goal is to increase student academic success, she said.
Katy ISD has about roughly 80,000 students enrolled in the district, making those in the KEYS program only a tiny percentage of the total.
Partners in Education is a Katy ISD program that “creates school-support opportunities” for the community that brings volunteers to the classroom.
The KEYS Kickoff is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21 at the Merrell Center at 6301 S. Stadium Lane. The event begins at 8 a.m.
For more information about becoming a mentor, visit www.katyisd.org/dept/pie/Pages/KEYSMentoring.aspx.