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About MEGA Mentors

Contact Us

Phone: (804) 639-8774
Email: MEGAMentors14@gmail.com

Address:
MEGA Mentors
13900 Hull Street Road 
Midlothian, Virginia 23112

Leadership

Learn about MEGA's Leadership Team

Vision

To make a positive, measurable difference in the lives of African-American and other underrepresented students in the Chesterfield County Public School System. 

Mission

To teach life skills, provide meaningful learning experiences and build leadership skills in African-American and other underrepresented Chesterfield County Public School students through mentoring, tutoring, experiential field trips and recognition.

About The MEGA Mentors Program

The following middle and high schools currently participate in the program:

Carver Middle SchoolFalling Creek Middle SchoolProvidence Middle SchoolCarver academy logoMeadowbrook High SchoolCTC Hull icon reducedManchester Middle
 

Elementary Schools (volunteers are referred to the Communities in schools.)

Testimonials

Read testimonials from students, school staff and mentors.

Objectives

  • Provide group and/or one-on-one mentoring
  • Provide structured classroom and one-on-one tutoring services
  • Increase awareness of higher education and career opportunities for students and parents
  • Teach the values of RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, EFFORT and ACHIEVEMENT to:
    • Instill hope, goal orientation, self-confidence and leadership skills
    • Increase personal and scholastic achievement
    • Decrease disciplinary incidents
    • Improve the graduation rate
  • Engage parents to meet program goals

student in the mega mentors program

The MEGA Mentors Program Model

The organization, since its inception has grown to over 100 volunteers now supporting six schools. We mentor and deliver life, social and leadership skills training in primarily group settings at the high school (9th, 10th and 11th) and middle school (6th, 7th and 8th) levels. We meet twice a month at each of the participating schools and the sessions are one hour each. We believe self-discovery through facilitated discussions allow students to learn from each other and cultivates the leadership skills inherent in each participant. In addition, we also incorporate field trips (experiential learning and social exposure) to colleges (George Mason University, George Washington University, Howard University, Virginia State University, etc.); cultural events (Richmond Forum, Freedom Classic, etc.); and teambuilding and social events (Uptown Alley; Washington, D.C.; Windy Hill; etc.)

Program Impact

Our observed data, coupled with student, parental, teacher, mentor and administrator feedback, affirms 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 well thought-out personal, academic and conscious choices.

We've observed students demonstrating improved self-confidence, goal-orientation and hope (optimism). We've also observed greater accountability, social awareness and a better understanding of how bad behavior impacts their long-term aspirations. While the long-term group data regarding improvements in academics and discipline are still being collected, we believe changing all the aforementioned factors will influence results and have many individual success stories to share.

2015-2016 Program Year Highlights & Accomplishments

  • The 5th Annual Fine Art Benefit and Sale in January 2016 was a huge success and was attended by over 300 patrons. The event showcased fine art, a silent auction featuring electronic bidding, music by J. Tucker, and food and refreshments.
  • Over 250 guests attended the 6th Annual Excellence Awards & Recognition Celebration themed “Time, Talent and Tomorrow.” The inspirational speaker was the Honorable Cressondra Brown Conyers, a Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court judge for Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex counties.
  • A student organization at JTCC called “Young Men of Distinction” recently joined the MEGA list of volunteers by supplying student mentors at Carver Middle School. The group comprises male African American students who have banded together to provide positive leadership on campus.
  • The Hope Survey indicated that student hope and self-efficacy continue to show improvement.
  • Student goal-setting has led to improved academic, attendance and behavioral results.
  • MEGA expanded its curriculum to address life skills and coping skills.
  • Over $20,000 was given to graduating seniors pursuing higher education.
  • MEGA received grants from the Midlothian Rotary and the Robins Foundation, and hired grant writer with Robins grant.
  • MEGA is in its second year of piloting an after-school Leadership Speakers Series at Falling Creak Middle School. The series recruits business and community leaders to speak to students about their lives, paths to success and the importance of choices.
  • The Providence Middle School 6th grade boys achieved a cumulative 3.26 GPA, and all of them qualified for the annual merit trip to Washington. The MEGA students’ overall GPA was 3.01 for the boys and 2.96 for the girls.
  • With the support of IBM, Providence Middle School received a $5,000 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) grant in November 2016 that will be used to enhance the educational experiences for the student body at large. 

2014-2015 Program Year Highlights & Accomplishments

  • Over 500 students were impacted by mentoring, tutoring, Young Men on a Mission and after- school speakers.
  • CTC-Hull Academy 360 was incorporated as the 7th school operating with a new MEGA model.
  • A total of 454 students and parents attended the SELMA showing (supported by CCPS).
  • Over 220 students and chaperones visited Old Dominion University and Nauticus in Norfolk.
  • MEGA students received numerous awards at year’s end. More than 30 seniors graduated with over 60 percent pursuing higher education.
  • Student performance has improved (attendance, academics, and discipline).
  • MEGA is awarding $7,500 in senior scholarship money.
  • The Hope Survey indicated the program is making a difference in building student optimism, selfinitiation and goal orientation.
  • MEGA was recognized and received the highest Chesterfield County Public Schools Award – Partner of the Year, and was also recognized by the Chesterfield County School Board.
  • MEGA was recognized and awarded President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award for community service.
  • Our 4th Annual Fine Art Benefit and Sale (FABS) had record attendance and exceeded fund raising goals.
  • CCPS Dept. of Research and Evaluation assisted with our measures and metrics development.
  • MEGA’s services are being requested by an additional four elementary, three middle and two high schools to date.
  • Over 250 students, board members, community leaders, teachers, principals and parents attended the 5th Annual Excellence Awards and Recognition Celebration.
  • Our website was revamped to include easy access to the curriculum under the “For Mentors” tab, and MEGA now has Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
  • We’ve experienced an increased brand recognition and donor base.
  • We’ve received our first grant from the Robbins foundation.
  • The MEGA Board of Directors has been expanded.

2013-2014 Program Year Highlights & Accomplishments

  • Held 3rd Annual Recognition Celebration at Virginia State University with over 250 mentees, parents, mentors, County and school administrator in attendance.
  • Held 3rd Annual MEGA Fine Art Benefit and Sale as a signature fundraising event with over 350 attendees.
  • Sponsored field trip for MEGA students to attend the Freedom Classic game and festivities between Virginia State University and Virginia Union University.
  • Partnered with Providence Middle School's Young Men On a Mission (YMOM) program to support annual trip, talent night, goal-setting seminar and workshops.
  • Sponsored trip to Richmond Forum where students had the opportunity to hear President George W. Bush speak and take a photo with him.
  • Provided financial support and chaperones for YMOM field trip to Baltimore, MD that included a college tour (Morgan State); cultural tours to the Blacks In Wax Museum and National Aquarium.
  • Sponsored year-end field trip to Washington, D.C. (college and cultural tour) for all mentees who achieved academic attendance and behavioral goals for the academic year.

Please take time to learn more about MEGA Mentors. Contact us to become part of a movement focused on supporting the success of our youth.

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