COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 183
Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Virginia Mentoring Partnership Survey
Based on information from MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, it is estimated that more than 143,000 students across the commonwealth want or are in need of a mentor. The Virginia Mentoring Partnership is working to ensure those youth who could benefit from a positive mentoring experience receive a mentor, and those youth that are currently involved in a mentoring program are in an effective and sustainable program.
Citizens across the commonwealth want to help students. The Virginia Mentoring Partnership (VMP) is creating a directory that will help these potential volunteers find mentoring and tutoring opportunities in their community schools.
Founded in 1994, VMP is a leading resource on mentoring activities in the commonwealth. Primary services include best practices to train volunteer mentors/tutors and provide technical assistance and training to mentor program coordinators.
An online survey, titled: "Assessing the State of Mentoring in Virginia," has been designed to:
Develop and maintain a directory of active mentoring
programs in Virginia
Facilitate access to mentoring services for volunteers
Assess the growth of mentoring in Virginia
Educate mentoring program providers about the best
practices involved in running an effective and
sustainable mentoring program
VMP plans to distribute the survey to the following groups:
Public elementary, middle, and high school principals
Mentoring program providers VMP is aware of through
their own database and the National Mentoring
Volunteer centers across Virginia
Parent Teacher Associations (PTA)
Other nonprofit/charitable organizations that may have
Please encourage your principals to participate. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and can be completed online (hard copy can be requested if needed). The web address to access the survey is: http://surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=532001095355
For additional information about the survey, please contact Alyssa Georgelas or Jennifer Smith-Slabaugh at (804) 828-1536 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions may also be addressed to the director of student services, Cynthia Cave, at 804-225-2871 or: cynthia.cave@doe.Virginia.gov.