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.
Today approximately 200 volunteers are working with MTC at various levels.
In one case, there was a student whose parents barely spoke English. She would be the first in her family to go to college. She was interested in a career in law enforcement, but wasn’t sure how to get there. Her mentor introduced her to the local Police Chief and together they toured San Jose State, where she saw the criminal justice classes that were offered. Today she is a student doing well at SJSU.
Another mentor was an amateur photographer. His student was adrift but had an interest in art. After spending time together, taking photos in the local parks, the student became focused on a career in art, graduated, attended the San Francisco Art Institute and is now pursuing a successful career in graphic arts.
It’s amazing how such a small investment of time can have such a huge impact on the life of a student. The students gain a caring adult in their life and the mentors also experience tremendous satisfaction through their rewarding relationship with their student.
If you are interested in exploring the possibility of tutoring elementary or middle school students, or becoming a mentor to a high school student, please attend their Open House on March 7th 12:00- 1:00PM at the MVLA District Offices in the Board Room. Thank you to Carmen Bryant for telling me about this program. I love Mountain View.