The Florida Mentoring Partnership seeks to help students excel in school and life by recruiting caring adults and older youth to become mentors. This collaborative partnership engages organizations sharing a common goal: helping youth learn to lead successful, responsible lives.
Florida Mentors! Campaign
The Florida Mentors! campaign is an effort to dramatically increase the number of state employees mentoring students in Florida’s schools. This campaign encourages state employees to utilize the existing administrative rule authorizing up to one (1) hour per week of paid administrative leave for mentoring (Rule 60L-34.0071). Mentoring just one hour per week can have a lasting impact and help students to excel in school and life! Learn More!
Why is Mentoring Important?
Critical Need: Many of Florida’s youths are in desperate need of positive adult role model.
Sustained Involvement: Adult mentors provide ongoing support, guidance, and friendship to a young person facing challenges in school or their personal life.
Common Demographics/Interests: Programs seek to provide suitable mentor-mentee matches, where shared interests and cultural similarities may overlap.
Cost Effective: Non-profit, community and faith-based mentoring groups provide cost-effective programs, offering wise investment of support funding.
Results-Driven: Data and testimonials support improvements in academics, school attendance, behavior and self-esteem among youth.
More than 250,0000 adults volunteered their time to mentor a child in Florida in 2011.
- Florida Mentoring Partnership, formerly known as the Governor’s Mentoring Initiative, first formed in 1999. At the time, there was no statewide entity focused on mentor recruitment or policymaking.
- Data proves the benefits of mentoring: 46% less likely to have started using illegal drugs; 27% less likely to have started using alcohol; 32% fewer incidents of hitting someone in the previous 12 months; and less likely to skip school.