Want to be a Mentor?

 Stand By Me Mentoring at EP Rock started in 1998 and is an amazing opportunity for adults to make a difference with a child. Adults commit to spend an hour a week with an assigned student, usually eating lunch together and playing a game during the child's recess and lunch. If you want more information, please contact Kelly Curtis at curtiskj@hudsonraiders.org

Details below:

 Do you . . .

 Like kids?

Want to make a difference in a student’s life?

 Want to get more involved with your community?


Are you . . .

 Looking for a worthy cause?  How about one that builds strong community relationships, creates goodwill for your organization and helps shape Hudson’s future?


Then . . .

 Become a mentor.  Elementary students are waiting for guidance and encouragement from an adult figure.  If you have a little time in the day and room in your heart for a child, then the Stand-by-Me program needs you!

The Need


“Some days we skipped along pulling our wagon with great confidence – so full of energy that the load seemed light.  Some days the load seemed heavy and we needed someone to help us pull our wagon over the bumps in the road.  Some days we’re just tired.  We sat in our wagon and let someone else pull us along for awhile.  And some days it was kind of nice to share our little red wagon with a friend.”


~ Margaret Katter

The Little Red Wagon


“The Little Red Wagon, a symbol of childhood.  It could be filled with a child’s hopes and dreams or weighed down with their burdens.  Millions of American children need our help to pull the wagon along.  Let’s pull together.”


~ General Colin L. Powell,

USA RET Chairman, America’s Promise



Mentoring Partnership


History of the Stand-by-Me Partnership


The Stand-by-Me Mentoring Partnership is a school-based volunteer mentorship program. Community members volunteer their time as mentors to provide academic, social, and emotional support for students.  This privately funded program was established in 1998 at E.P. Rock Elementary School by a group of teachers. 


What is Mentoring?


v Mentoring is a committed relationship between an adult and a student focusing on developing the character of the student.

v A mentor is a wise and trusted friend and guide.

v A mentor is a good listener, coach, and responsive adult.

v A mentor is someone at least 18 years of age.

v A mentor should be available for an hour once a week, between the hours of 10:45 a.m. and 1:35 p.m.

v A mentor must be willing to go through a school district background check.


A Successful Mentor…


v Will commit to the student/program for at least six months.

v Respects a child’s ability to make decisions.

v Can empathize with others.

v Recognizes teachable opportunities.

v Understands that relationships take time to develop.



Benefits of Mentoring


Does an hour a day, once a week make a difference?  The answer is YES, both anecdotally and statistically!


v Mentored students say they benefit in some way from their mentoring friendships (gain higher levels of confidence, improve relationships with others, achieve higher grades).

v Mentors say they receive much more than they give.

v Teachers and parents report that mentored kids show marked improvement in grades, attitudes and relationships.

v Community members feel mentoring relationships are beneficial in reconnecting young people to the broader society.

Goals of Stand-by-Me Mentoring Partnership


v To ensure that students in grades K-5 who could benefit from a mentor have one.

v To increase the self-esteem of each participating student.

v To help each participating student develop to his or her fullest potential.

v To help each student develop a positive, personal vision for their future.


If you are interested in becoming a mentor, or if you would like further information, please contact


Kelly Curtis (715)377-3840 ext.2210 curtiskj@hudsonraiders.org


“To the world you may be one person,

but to one person you may be the world.”


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