Whatever It Takes… to Mentor a Student

Through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (via Volunteer Florida), our school-based AmeriCorps program operated in all 5 Martin County middle schools during the 2018-19 school year to provide mentoring and intervention services to nearly 600 students at risk of dropping out of school. As a result of our intervention:

  • 87% of participants improved/maintained their Math and/or English & Language Arts grades
  • 96% received no more than 2 disciplinary referrals per quarter
  • 28 AmeriCorps members completed the service hours required to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education award

 

Based on the success of this program, during the 2019-20 school year, we expanded to serve 10 schools: all 5 Martin County middle schools and 5 of the District’s under-performing elementary schools. This year, BGCMC’s 50 AmeriCorps Members are actively working to improve educational outcomes for over 1,200 students in grades K-8. AmeriCorps Members are also providing classroom and whole-school support resulting in a measurable, positive change in school culture.

 

In J.D. Parker, Hobe Sound, Seawind, Port Salerno, and Warfield Elementary Schools, AmeriCorps Members are delivering targeted literacy interventions to at least 525 students performing below grade level in English & Language Arts. Program goals include:

  • 65% of students completing a minimum 9 weeks of the intervention will improve English & Language Arts scores in one or more domains.
  • Long term, students will have on-time grade promotion and successfully progress from elementary to middle school.

 

In Stuart, Hidden Oaks, Murray, Indiantown, and Dr. David L. Anderson Middle Schools, AmeriCorps Members are providing mentoring and intervention services to at least 750 students exhibiting poor grades, attendance, and behaviors – placing them at risk of dropping out of school. Program goals include:

  • 65% of students will improve academic engagement and/or social-emotion skills.
  • Long term, students will have on-time grade promotion and successfully progress from middle to high school.

 

On October 4 the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County (BGCMC) welcomed 44 AmeriCorps members who are committed to giving a year’s service to Martin County elementary and middle schools. After a moving ceremony, local dignitaries, BGCMC staff and the AmeriCorps members headed to Memorial Park in Stuart to perform a beautification service project, which was followed by the 44 members receiving the coveted BGCMC AmeriCorps jacket. See photo gallery HERE.