The Johnson City Mentor Program is a partnership between Binghamton University and the Johnson City (JC) School District. Over 1,000 Binghamton University students have successfully participated in the program. The program's objectives are to:
- Provide Johnson City Middle School students with role models and extra academic support.
- Provide an opportunity for Binghamton students to explore career options while serving the community.
Students who participate in the JC Mentor program will:
- Gain experience in a secondary school setting
- Work with people of diverse backgrounds and ages
- Learn how to work with, and mentor, middle school students, and be a reliable academic and social support
- Develop transferable workplace skills such as professionalism, communication, leadership, patience and more.
Want to learn more about the JC Mentor Program?
Why become a mentor?
A mentor has the opportunity to help a child who may have low self-esteem, social development challenges, and academic problems learn the skills to overcome these obstacles and develop into a productive and prosperous young adult. Studies have shown that children with mentors are less likely to engage in aggressive, anti-social behaviors, or to use drugs and alcohol. You can make a difference in the life of a child!
- Work one-on-one with a student during the school day (generally 7:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.) to help with classroom assignments, homework and studying.
- Work with teachers and school counselors to identify scholastic problem areas
- Serve as social and academic role models
- Provide encouragement
What Binghamton students say about being a JC Mentor:
It is very hard to explain what I gained from this experience. I got to see firsthand that every one learns at their own pace. I learned I had a lot more patience than I thought I did and possibly the best part was I gained a friend.
I have recommended this program to friends especially if they want to be a teacher or if they just want to make a positive impact on a child’s life. It’s a wonderful thing to be involved in something bigger than yourself.
Program Requirements and Additional Information
- Mentor 5 hours per week at the JC Middle School (50 hours per semester)
- Attend a one hour weekly seminar and receive two credits
- Must be a sophomore (completed a minimum of one year of college), junior or senior to apply
There is public transportation available to the Johnson City Middle School on the BC Transit #17 line. Please be aware that the bus leaves Binghamton University to go to the middle school at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., and returns around 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. You need to call the bus ahead of time to make sure they come to the middle school.
Please Note: Students who wish to participate in an internship and who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that they will be asked about their prior criminal history. This may impede your ability to participate in certain internships. Students who have concerns about such matters, or are looking for additional information, are advised to contact the dean's office of their intended academic program.