Covington Partners is committed to working with the schools of Covington to operate the Covington Partners Mentoring Program. By mentoring one student, you can change two lives. You can share your time and talents by getting involved in one of the following mentoring programs:

School-based and community-based mentoring:

At Holmes Middle and High Schools, mentors are matched with a 6th–12th grade student and commit to meeting for one hour per week. Mentors can be school-based if they prefer to meet at school between 8 a.m.–3 p.m. For mentors who prefer to spend time with a student outside of school hours and the school setting, they can be in a community-based match. Community-based matches meet in the evenings or on weekends and can spend their time catching a movie, having dinner together, or hanging out at a local park. All mentoring matches have access to a staff member who is available to support and guide the relationship if mentors should have any questions or concerns. Mentors who want to work with middle or high school students must be 21 years or older.

"Mentoring has shown me that there is more to life than just myself. I am happy to give my time to be a positive role model in a young adult’s life."

Lunch Buddy:

The Lunch Buddy program is great for volunteers who don’t have much time, or who enjoy interacting with elementary-age children. Mentors are matched with a 3rd–5th grade student and spend 30 minutes each week during the student’s scheduled lunchtime. Matches are welcome to visit in the cafeteria, Family Resource Center, school library, the classroom or outside on a nice day. Each mentor is provided with a guide for optional activities and conversations that will help get you get to know each other, and enhance the time spent together. Lunch Buddies is conveniently offered at all five elementary schools in Covington Independent Public Schools and Lunch Buddies must be 18 years or older.

After-School Buddy:

Our After-School Buddy program is great for mentors who would prefer to stop in to visit on their way home from work in the late afternoons, or who need some flexibility in their meeting times. Mentors are matched with a 3rd–5th grade student and spend 30–60 minutes each week after school (between 3:00 and 6:00pm). Matches are welcome to visit in the cafeteria, Family Resource Center, school library, gym, on the playground, or the classroom. Each mentor is provided with a guide for optional activities and conversations that will help get you get to know each other and enhance the time that the match spends together. They are also welcome to watch or join in any activity that is going on during their time together. The After-School Buddy program is offered at Ninth District, Latonia, Glenn O. Swing, and John G. Carlisle Elementary Schools.  After-School Buddies must be 18 years and older.

One-to-One Reading Coach:

In the One-to-One Reading program, mentors work with a student in Kindergarten through 3rd grade for 35 minutes per week to improve their reading skills. One to-One mentors must complete a six-hour training at the beginning of the school year before working with students, and all coaching materials are provided. This program is for adults, 21 years or older.


More than 225 adults dedicate two to four hours a month serving as positive role models to students in Covington. Data shows that these positive relationships are highly impactful and students with mentors increase their school attendance, behavior, and academic achievement.

  • 98% of students with a mentor had good school attendance (student attended at least 90% of the school year).
  • 96% of students in the program feel more confident in themselves as a result of spending time with a mentor.
  • During the 2015-2016 school year, mentors spent 4,200 hours in one-on-one mentoring sessions with students. 
  • Data shows that, over time, students who participate in the mentoring program tend to remain in the Covington Independent Public School system longer than those students without a mentor.

 

Click here to download the mentoring application.