Conroe ISD seeking volunteers for waitlisted mentor program

Mentors develop a long-term relationship with their mentees from fifth grade through graduation. (Courtesy Conroe ISD)
Mentors develop a long-term relationship with their mentees from fifth grade through graduation. (Courtesy Conroe ISD)

Mentors develop a long-term relationship with their mentees from fifth grade through graduation. (Courtesy Conroe ISD)

Conroe ISD is seeking volunteers for its mentor program, which seeks to provide support and guidance for students by establishing long-term relationships.

The program currently has 186 mentors matched with students, but there are more than 130 students on the waiting list for mentors, project facilitator Angela Matthew said.

“The number of kids on the waitlist is just growing faster than we can recruit volunteers,” she said.

Program mentors meet with their assigned student—preferably once a week—to have lunch with them, converse, play games and offer a listening ear.

“The program focuses on providing a consistent, stable adult in that person’s life,” Matthew said. “The mentor follows the kid from fifth grade all the way through graduation, so it’s not someone that just pops into their life for a brief moment and then is gone.”


The program is offered at Conroe High School and the schools that feed into it, including Travis Intermediate, Cyrar Intermediate, Bozman Intermediate, Washington Jr. High, Peet Jr. High and Conroe High Ninth Grade Campus.

Students are referred to the program by teachers, counselors or other staff who are familiar with the student’s personal life and circumstances. The student has the option to accept, and “almost all of them say yes,” Matthew said.

“There’s no criteria for the students to get into the program,” she said. “Every kid’s story is different, and every reason for needing a mentor is different.”

Reasons for needing a mentor could include the death of a parent, parents who are incarcerated or other family or personal issues, although anyone could benefit, Matthew said.

Upcoming training and information meetings for anyone interested in volunteering will be held 9 a.m. Jan. 15 and Feb. 19 at Travis Intermediate, 1100 N. Thompson St., Conroe.

Volunteers are required to undergo training sessions, pass a background check and commit to visiting with their assigned student at least once a month, through preferably once a week, she said.

Volunteers are encouraged to enjoy arts-and-crafts and play games as well as have more structured conversations with their assigned student.

This is the program’s 12th year, and Matthews said it has had lasting effects on students.

“The relationships they develop last a lifetime, and the impact is immeasurable,” she said.

For more information, visit
conroeisd.net/organization/project-mentor/.
By Eva Vigh
Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.


MOST RECENT

Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures, located at 23101 Hwy. 242, New Caney, is launching a series of new rides throughout the rest of this year, with most of the new attractions opening to the public by Nov. 26. (Courtesy Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures)
Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures in New Caney set to add 11 new attractions

The new portion of the theme park dubbed Big Rivers Fairgrounds will feature 11 amusement park rides, including a spinning rollercoaster, a rocking pirate ship, a 360-degree spinning pendulum and several attractions for children.

The county’s team would aid adult victims of sexual assault and streamline response operations, the DA’s office said. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office presents plan for sexual assault response team

The county’s team would aid adult victims of sexual assault and streamline response operations, the DA’s office said.

A conceptual rendering shows what a high-speed rail station in Dallas could look like. A final design on the station has not yet been released. (Courtesy Texas Central)
Reversing course, Texas Supreme Court grants rehearing for high-speed rail eminent domain case

In the Oct. 15 order granting a rehearing, the Supreme Court set a date of Jan. 11 to hear oral arguments.

The amended version of the planned development unit will now go to the Austin Planning Commission for review. (Rendering courtesy Austin Environmental Commission)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Austin commission OKs development plan near Lady Bird Lake; shopping center coming to Porter and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 15.

Through most of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of apartments were offering some kind of concession as a way to entice renters. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Rising apartment rent continues to be trend in Houston region

​​​​​​​According to data from ApartmentData.com, Houston has seen an average 12.8% rental rate growth in the past year.

The intersection is a four-way stop, but Mayor Sara Countryman said the city is considering constructing a turn lane, a roundabout or a traffic signal.
Traffic change coming to Lone Star Parkway, Buffalo Springs Drive in Montgomery

The intersection is a four-way stop, but Mayor Sara Countryman said the city is considering constructing a turn lane, a roundabout or a traffic signal.

The Smoking Joint is now open under the umbrella of Click Click Chew virtual food hall in Cypress. (Courtesy Kirsten Gilliam)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: More restaurant, retail space could be coming to north Frisco development; Locatelli’s owners launch virtual food hall in Cypress, and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 14.

The Big Show will take place at the Stampede Sportsplex in Montgomery on Oct. 23. (Courtesy Woodforest)
Pumpkin bobbing, a bird expo & Flag Fest: 13 events to attend through mid-November in Conroe, Montgomery

From a fall festival at B-52 Brewing with more than 70 vendors to a community-wide garage sale in Conroe, there is something for everyone to enjoy this fall in Conroe and Montgomery.

The city would convert the old Sam Houston Elementary School on Lewis Street in Conroe into a new performing arts center. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Conroe City Council names architect for planned Visual and Performing Arts Center

The city would convert the old Sam Houston Elementary School on Lewis Street in Conroe into a new performing arts center.

Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services officials announced a new collaboration with medical technology company Siemens Healthineers to offer lab-quality, point-of-care blood analysis testing in the field. (Courtesy of Cypress Creek EMS)
Cypress Creek EMS, Siemens Healthineers partnership brings prehospital blood analysis to patients

Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services officials announced a new collaboration with medical technology company Siemens Healthineers to offer lab-quality, point-of-care blood analysis testing in the field, according to an Oct. 12 news release.

Montgomery City Council continued its discussions on food trucks at its Oct. 12 meeting, (Screenshot via Montgomery City Council livestream)
Montgomery City Council continues discussions on food truck ordinances

City Council discussed a formal definition for mobile food vendors, operating times and other regulations.