Mentor Tutor Connection is having a fundraising event on Thursday, Nov 2 at LinkedIn in Sunnyvale. The program is celebrating 21 years of making a positive impact on our community. The keynote speaker will be retired Santa Clara County Super Court Judge, Leonard Edwards. There will be brief comments showcasing the mentors/mentees and tutors/tutees.
The program is from 5:30-7:30, with hearty hors d'oeuvres and beverages. it is $12.00 to attend. Please RSVP by Oct 24, via Eventbrite.
A bit more about the program : Mentor Tutor Connection (MTC) is a community-based non-profit that recruits, trains, and matches volunteers with local students who could benefit from a tutor or a mentor. MTC provides tutors for students in elementary and middle schools in the Los Altos and Mountain View Whisman districts and mentors for students in the three high schools in the Mountain View Los Altos High School District.
MTC is funded through grants from supporting organizations, and through the generous donations of caring individuals in our community. MTC employs four part time program staff who screen, train and place volunteers with students. They place approximately 150 volunteers working directly with more than 450 kids in our schools each year. MTC also has a part time Executive Director who represents the organization in the community and with donors. Here’s a video about the program.
The program originally was conceived and funded in 1996 by the Los Altos Rotary Club and over two decades has grown to be a respected and wholly community supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
For elementary and middle school children, MTC offers tutoring during the school day, under the supervision of the classroom teacher or help with homework in after school programs. Most of the tutoring is in basic skills, but subjects can range from reading, English, math, and science. They also may assist English language learners or students in special programs such as public speaking or science labs.
Mentors are carefully screened and interviewed by one of MTC’s experienced Mentor Program Managers (MPMs) for the purpose of creating a good match between the student and the mentor. Mentor training is provided and ongoing support is available through the MPMs. The role of the mentor is to spend time with the student, be a good and nonjudgmental listener, and provide a positive influence in the student’s life. MTC helps underserved students in the public schools of Los Altos and Mountain View, grades K through 12. MTC is funded and supported by many community foundations, service clubs, churches, local newspapers, corporations and individuals.
While I was looking around on the MTC website, I noticed that they have a calendar and you might also be interested in Volunteer Info & Open House that is on Oct 18th, from 5:30-6:30 at MVLA District Office Board Room, 1299 Bryant Ave, Mountain View. Please register online.
I’m so interested in this program and I’m not currently involved in it, but when I look at the list of Board of Directors, I see the names of a few people who I know and trust. That makes me feel good. I think I’ll start out by going to the Info and Open House meeting and see where it goes from there. If I end up being a mentor, you’ll definitely be hearing more about the program!