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Texas GEAR UP in Action: Central H.S. Peer Mentoring Program

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TXGU Grant: East Texas GEAR UP For Success

Big Picture: When it comes to mentoring, the Central ISD team has hit on a decidedly winning solution: help students to help each other! After trying out different styles of mentoring without seeing the results they were hoping for, the TXGU team implemented a peer-mentor program—and that proved to be the magic solution. Mentors and mentees are paired by one staffer who knows the students well, so their personalities, academic alignments, and family situations are all strategically matched. The result? Confidence coming from the mentees, volunteer satisfaction from the mentors, and a big win-win for the entire district.

Sample Tool: Central ISD was able to put their successes into convenient PowerPoint form—the better for everyone to see the proof in the peer mentor pudding, and maybe even cook up a little counseling in their own corners.

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