We believe in equal education for all. We believe that all children deserve an equal opportunity to share in America's bounty through education and mentorship. We believe in working with public and private organizations to bring resources and attention to the needs of students to improve their success rate. We believe that it takes a village to raise a child. Because of these beliefs, we are committed to our mission of growing this movement and helping at risk students become more successful in Chesterfield County Public Schools.
The organization, since its inception has grown to over 100 volunteers now supporting six schools. We mentor and deliver life and social skills training in primarily group settings at the high school (9th and 10th) and middle school (6th, 7th and 8th) levels. We meet twice a month on Tuesday or Thursday at each of the participating schools and the sessions are one hour each. In addition, we host two Forums each year one in the Fall and one in the Spring. The Forums are designed to foster parental participation, introduce a provocative topic, foster open exchanges with professional panel members and are open to the public (students, teachers, and administrators). We also incorporate field trips, reading assignments and other cultural events and activities into the curriculum. Our program model allows the students to develop skills needed to compete in the academic and professional world. Below are a few examples of the types of topics Mentors offer as part of the program curriculum:
Our first year data coupled with student, parental, teacher, mentor and administrator feedback affirms that we're making a measurable impact on our students. As a collective team, we're not only exposing them to life changing events, but equally important, equipping them to make more effective personal and professional choices. We've observed improved performance in areas such as grades, accountability, social awareness, confidence and reduced disciplinary incidents. We're reminded that by only focusing on performance would be a bit shortsighted. If the student understands RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, EFFORT and ACHIEVEMENT from a personal perspective, positive results will follow. Working closely with the students, teachers, parents and administrators, MEGA Mentors remains focused on changing lives! Our organization will continue to work with CCPS and monitor data relevant to student success.
The second annual recognition event recognized and celebrated the achievement of outstanding students, schools, administrators and local business leaders who contributed to the organization's success. The event was attended by over 200 people. Anchored with a key note address from Chesterfield County School Superintendent, Dr Marcus Newsome, the festivities commenced with a tour of the historic Virginia State University campus and concluded with the unveiling of the organization's new website. Special guests included several members of Chesterfield County's School Board, Va. State's SGA President, students from the internationally acclaimed Virginia State Agricultural Department along with parents and students representing Meadowbrook High School, Thomas Dale High School, Falling Creek Middle School and Providence Middle school.
During MEGA Mentor's Fall Forum held on December 17, 2012 at Thomas Dale High School's auditorium, we coupled an exceptional film / documentary entitled “Bring Your “A” Game” with a distinguished panel reminding the attendees of the importance of focus, discipline and perseverance. With approximately 75 attendees comprised of students, parents, school and community leaders and mentors, this engaged group drew on the experiences and sage advice of the presenters to highlight how struggles and sacrifice oft time are the stepping stones to success.
In continuing our emphasis on Respect, Responsibility, Effort and Achievement, our MEGA Mentor Spring Forum focused on the theme “Respect Yourself and Others”. Bringing together students, parents, mentors and school & community leaders, the approach utilized a highly interactive panel-centric format as a means of driving spirited discussion and exchange. Our panelists were comprised of a cross section of successful high school and college students and professionals representing multiple disciplines. Our goal was simple; we used the Forum and the role models as a tool for better equipping our students to not only compete in the classroom but also in society at-large to enhance their probability of success.
I have been attending MEGA Mentors for my 9th and 10th grade year. What I like about MEGA Mentors is that they are preparing me for what is in the outside world. Another thing that I enjoy about MEGA Mentors is that they are teaching skills on how we should spend our time. Also I like that they are bringing new mentors in to tell us what our future jobs will possibly be like and what is needed. Each time we meet we always talk about what we are doing or want to do in our spare time, and life time. Lastly I would like to continue MEGA Mentors because it is teaching me the fundamentals about the outside world.
Donovan Bailey, 10th Grade Student
Meadowbrook High School
“To much that has been given, much more is expected.” The measure of success cannot, and should not be merely in the tangible items of wealth that we acquire. Tangible things age, lose their lustier, and diminish in value. It's the difference that we make in the lives of others, the service to those less fortunate, and service to society that will determine our ultimate value to mankind. It is the aforementioned that defines the “MEGA” in MEGA Mentors. The sponsors of Providence Middle School's Young Men on a Mission extend a debt of gratitude to MEGA Mentors for touching the lives of children – serving as positive role models to which young men can aspire to emulate and continually supporting the activities, programs, and mission of Young Men on a Mission. “Faith without works is dead.” Keep working MEGA Mentors. We salute you!
Sandra Judge-Harden, Current Sponsor, Young Men on a Mission
Providence Middle School
Dr. Shirl H. Leverett, Former Sponsor, Young Men on a Mission
Providence Middle School
MEGA Mentors has developed into the premiere mentoring program for Chesterfield County Public Schools. When this group was formed just a few years ago, with a few men who wanted to make a difference in the lives of our youth, it was difficult to envision how this dynamic organization would evolve. Today, MEGA Mentors recruits and trains a diverse group of professionals whose mission is to make a positive measurable difference in the lives of African American students in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Students at several middle and high schools in our county are engaged in mentoring, forums, seminars, college tours, and wholesome recreational activities. The positive impact of MEGA Mentors on our students, families, and community cannot be measured. On behalf of the students and employees of Chesterfield County Public Schools, I am indebted to outstanding men and women who serve as MEGA Mentors volunteers. Your good deed will live on for a generation and beyond.
Marcus J. Newsome, Ed.D. Superintendent
Chesterfield County Public Schools
One of the priorities of the MEGA Mentors program is to open the window of possibilities to students. Seeing the enthusiasm and development of the students as they embrace their futures is one of the finest returns on investment you can imagine. The Chesterfield Public Education Foundation is proud to be affiliated with MEGA Mentors and we applaud the volunteers for their commitment and the students for their achievements.
Jane Carlson, Executive Director
Chesterfield Public Education Foundation, Inc.