Today, the Florida Department of Education released a video to inspire Florida residents to make a difference in their communities by mentoring a student. The Why I Mentor video highlights the impact that just one hour each week can make in helping a child succeed in school and, ultimately, in life.

To watch the video, click here.

Commissioner Pam Stewart said, “Our state’s students are truly our greatest asset and I believe that, as adults, we should make it a priority to invest in their futures. I urge all Floridians to watch this video and hear from just a few of the many Department of Education staff members who have experienced the satisfaction of setting a positive role model through mentoring. As we approach the start of a new school year, I hope this video motivates each Floridian to find one hour each week to help a student thrive.”

“Mentors truly provide human capital where we need it most,” said Chester Spellman, CEO of Volunteer Florida. “Volunteer Florida encourages Floridians to mentor students because we see the incredible impact these servant leaders have on student achievement, attendance, and graduation. We are grateful for the many dedicated Floridians who serve as mentors – the impact of just one hour a week cannot be overstated.”

If you are interested in making a difference by mentoring, please contact your local school district.

For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit