Community and Corporate Mentoring
Employees from business agencies and local community organizations mentor students on a one-to-one basis. Volunteers from the community or business groups can serve as mentors to students.
Prospective mentors are required to complete an application, a background check through the DeKalb County School District Public Safety department, and attend a mandatory four-hour training session. After training, each mentor agrees to spend at least thirty minutes a week with his/her student. For the purposes of this program, all mentoring sessions are held at the school during the school day on a regular, predictable basis. Feedback group sessions are provided throughout the school year and offer information as well as professional support to mentoring volunteers.
Dresden Elementary offers its students school-based mentoring support. In this program, staff members are paired with students in the local schools. Participants can be self-nominated or identified by parents or the members of the school faculty as students who would benefit from one-to-one support and monitoring of personal, academic, and behavioral goals.
Mentoring activities in this program occur during the school day.
Coffee and Conversation
Monthly Meeting with the parents offering parenting skills to support our parents and address issues arising with students’ performance and any concern the parent might be having.
Involving community with expertise of areas to help our parents.
Career readiness is offered from 1st -5th grade Georgia Career clusters and criteria for CCRPI (college and career ready Performance Index).
By Lucy Ndonga Dresden Elementary Professional Counselor