The Saint Anselm College Mentor Program is a partnership between Saint Anselm College's Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) and the Manchester School District. This program, jointly coordinated by the CEL's Internship Office and Meelia Center for Community Engagement, is a true blend of a traditional internship and a service-learning course. Saint Anselm College students serve as mentors to students in one of two surrounding elementary schools and provide encouragement, information and support to assist those students in becoming successful as they navigate from elementary school to middle school.
The Manchester schools:
Mentors will be assigned to work with students in either the Bakersville Elementary School or the Webster Elementary School.
Bakersville School serves students from pre-kindergarten through grade five and is located in the south end of Manchester. The main building houses students in kindergarten through grade five with the preschool program located a block south.
Bakersville is one of Manchester's smallest schools with a population just under 400 students. The school is fortunate to have a wonderful group of students and families. The student population is diverse which promotes a focus on each student as an individual. Over 80% of the students qualify for the free/reduced lunch program. Approximately 42% of the students are EL (English Learners), with 26 different languages spoken by the students. The staff considers themselves to be learners and is committed to high expectations for students.
Bakersville School has a partnership with the Manchester Housing Redevelopment Authority and work with their staff, particularly in assisting students in their after school program. Twenty-first Century offers an after school program onsite at Bakersville.
At Bakersville School, mentors meet with students only during the lunch hour (12-1 p.m.) or in the after-school program (2:35-5 p.m.)
Webster School is located in the north end of Manchester, with a staff of approximately 100. The student population is fairly diverse, with 29% of the student body qualifying for the free/reduced lunch program. Although many of the families at the Webster School are very affluent there is a low and middle income population. Currently, there are four families that have children enrolled in the school that are homeless.
The International Institutes resettles American students in Webster's EL (English Learners) magnet classrooms. There are currently 40 new American students in the school, along with some EL students who are integrated into the regular education classrooms.
Webster also houses a program for children with emotional and behavioral disorders.
- Open to sophomores and above.
- 50 hour commitment to work with students during the semester (approximately 5 hours per week).
- Hours can be done across two or more days;
- Hours cannot be done in one 5-hour block.
- Attendance in a weekly seminar is mandatory. The seminar meets on Wednesdays, 4:00-5:15pm (Except during the first few weeks of the semester the course will meet 4-6:30 weeks). Participants will be registered in EL 380 - Saint Anselm College Mentor Program: Theory and Practice of Mentoring.
- All participants must be in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 gpa)
- Help mentee's personal, social and academic development.
- Assist in skill building (e.g. organizational and study skills).
- Provide encouragement to mentee.
- Are patient, good listeners and good friends while setting a positive example.
- Make a difference in the life of a child. Become a mentor.