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School Connections Update

The start of the 2017-2018 school year is fast approaching, and that means there is a need for Youth Mentors to support the students at Lillian Schumacher Elementary.

As this quote says, “We believe even the slightest positive influence has the potential to change a child’s life.”  Being a Youth Mentor can be that positive impact that so many children need.

Mentoring has been shown to benefit children in many ways. Here’s just a few:


  • Better attitude toward school
  • Improved academic performance
  • Improved attendance
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improved interpersonal relationships
  • Increased graduation rates
  • Improved behavior at home and school

Mentors in Liberty Public Schools can choose from a number of in-school activities in which to participate. You might have lunch with a student, tutor, read, or simply be a good friend who listens. This can be done one-on-one with a child or with children in a small group.

The School Connections Team is looking for people who are interested in being a Youth Mentor. The process is very simple. Interested individuals need to complete a Youth Mentor application, which is available at the Welcome Center. Completed applications should be mailed to Colleen Jones at Liberty Public Schools Central Office. All applicants undergo a background screening, attend an interview and a short training session.  

If you have questions about the Youth Mentor program, feel free to contact Colleen Jones, coordinator of Liberty’s mentoring program. You may also contact Debbie Lane, facilitator of The School Connections Team. Debbie's contact information is available on The Hub.