Connected Kids is a grant-funded initiative of Northfield Public Schools in partnership with the Northfield Mentoring Coalition. The school-based mentoring initiative pairs adult volunteers one-on-one with students. Mentoring helps youth to develop strengths and talents by supporting the efforts of other significant adults such as parents and teachers. Research has shown that the more caring adults a child has in his or her life, the less likely it is that the child will engage in risky behaviors.
Connected Kids basics …
Who: Youth in grades 1-12 and adults who care about young people
What: A one-on-one mentoring relationship, providing friendship, encouragement and academic support.
When: Year round, during or after school, for 1 to 2 hours per week plus e-mentoring
Where: At our elementary schools, St. Dominic or Northfield Middle School
Why: Mentoring is one of the most effective ways to help young people achieve their potential and discover their strengths.
- Time with a caring adult
- Better academic performance and test scores
- Better attendance
- Stronger attachment to school
- Better self esteem and interpersonal relations
- Extra support for children
- Safe environment for children
- Improved relationship with school staff
- Learn from mentees
- Reap rewards through helping a young person succeed
- Honor people who mentored them
- Help make the world a better place
- Better test results
- Improved student behavior
- Community engagement in education
- Kids are more connected to the community
Connected Kids was one of only four mentoring programs in the state to be honored by the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (MPM) for demonstrating program stability and strong management, operations, evaluation and design features.