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:

Each mentor meets for an hour once a week with a 6th-12th grade student at Holmes Middle or High School.  Meetings take place during the school day through school-based mentoring or outside of school in the evenings or on the weekends through community-based mentoring. 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."

-CPMP Mentor          

Lunch Buddy:

Mentors are matched with a 3rd-5th grade student and spend 30 minutes each week during the student’s scheduled lunchtime. Each mentor is provided with a guide for optional activities and conversations that will help the mentor and student 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 Buddy mentors 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 6:00 p.m.). Each mentor is provided with a guide for optional activities and conversations that will help the mentor and student 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 all five elementary schools in Covington Independent Public Schools. After School Buddy mentors must be 18 years or older.

  "The day I got my mentor was the first time I ever felt like anyone has ever seen me the way I see myself.  She saw the potential that I had and that I wasn't a bad kid. I just needed someone to listen to me. I will forever be grateful to her for that. She taught me to be proud of being a woman, and how important it is to support ALL women. I will never forget her and all the wonderful lessons she taught me. I hope one day I can take what she taught me and teach other women." 

-CPMP Mentee          

REMOTE-BASED MENTORING:

Each mentor spends 30 minutes each week meeting with a student virtually. Match communication will occur via letter writing, video chats, email, text or phone calls. This option is available for elementary school students (for adult mentors, 18 years and older) or for middle and high school students (for adult mentors, 21 years or older).

One-to-One Reading or math Coach:

In the One-to-One program, mentors work with a student in kindergarten through 3rd grade for 35 minutes per week to improve their reading or math 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.

WORK-BASED MENTORING:

Students are matched one-to-one with an adult professional in a chosen field of interest to explore a career, career interests, and related workplace and career development issues. Each mentor is matched with a student to explore careers, career interests and related workplace and career development issues. Meetings take place once a month at your worksite and additionally remotely or in-person once a month. For adults, 21 years and older. This program is limited. For more information about work-based mentoring, please contact Kate Andriacco.


Since its inception, the Covington Partners Mentoring Program has had over 1100 (unduplicated) caring adults witness firsthand the meaning behind #MentorOneStudentChangeTwoLives. During the 2019-2020 school year, more than 208 adults dedicated 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.

2019-2020 YEAR IN REVIEW:

  • 226 Mentoring Matches
  • 97% of students with a mentor had good behavior at school (5 or fewer discipline referrals in the school year).
  • 94% of mentored students achieved good attendance.
  • During the 2019-2020 school year, mentors spent 2,849 hours in one-on-one mentoring sessions with students. 
  • 88% of mentored seniors plan to attend college, 6% to join the military, 6% to join the workforce.
  • 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 for steps on how to become a mentor.

 Click HERE to download the mentoring application.

  Click HERE to download a Covington Partners Mentoring Program flyer.


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