Club M is a one-on-one youth mentoring program that matches K-5th grade students in Burlington Community School District with High School Peer Mentors & matches 7th -12th grade students with volunteer Community Mentors. Mentors and the type of mentoring matches that are supported by Club M vary depending on the type of match that best suits the needs of the youth and his/her parent. Club M consists of school-based peer matches that meet on school grounds over the course of the school year or community-based mentors that meet either on school grounds or in the community.
School-based matches meet weekly from September through May after school at a specified date, time and location assigned by the school district. The mentor is consistent throughout the year and the Club M setting is supervised by program staff. Community matches meet weekly for the whole year in the community. The mentor is consistent throughout the year and the Club M staff regularly checks in with mentor, mentee, and parents/guardians.
Mentors are trained volunteers from area high schools, colleges, or community adults. The children in our program (mentees) and the volunteer (mentor) spend time together making crafts, playing sports, playing board games or cards, reading, exploring the community, or doing homework together. Club M provides the games, materials, athletic equipment, and craft supplies, ideas….the mentors and youth provide the fun!!
Club M mentors are not counselors or tutors, but rather older youth peers who want to give back to their community by being a role model to a youth.
Burlington Community School District’s Club M program is certified and a program in good standing by the Iowa Mentoring Partnership, a state of Iowa government program and division of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. We adhere to the standards of the Iowa Mentoring Partnership as a quality program and uphold the evidence-based benchmarks established by the National Mentoring Partnership called the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, Fourth Edition.