I thought that you might be interested in a wonderful telementoring project that I have found to be a great resource for teachers. Please share the information with teachers in your area. The application date has been extended to Oct. 23. Thanks....
The program is the Hewlett Packard Telementoring Program, (http://mentor.external.hp.com). The HP E-Mail Mentor program creates one-to-one mentor relationships between HP employees and 5-12th grade students and teachers. HP employees motivate students to excel in math and science and improve communication and problem solving skills. In addition, HP employees help students develop the skills they need to pursue interests in a professional and successful way.
As educators look at School-to-Work initiatives and set new standards in the areas of math and science, it would seem that bringing the business community into the classroom would be a perfect solution. The following research points out the impact mentoring can have:
"Young people with mentors are 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, 53% less likely to skip school, 37% less likely to skip a class, 33% less likely to hit someone."
SOURCE: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America 1995 Impact Study
"Students say their mentors helped raise their goals and expectations (73%) and report improved grades (59%)."
SOURCE: 1989 Louis Harris Poll
"Young people with mentors are more likely to stay in school, attend classes, achieve and aspire to better grades, and go to college."
SOURCE: 1988 Proctor & Gamble
Please take a few minutes to look at the telementoring site, (http://mentor.external.hp.com), and consider using the program in your school. The deadline for recruiting teachers has been extended to Oct. 23.