Board seeks to increase student mentorship by allowing employees to volunteer during work hours

LOS ANGELES (June 20, 2017) – The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously today to direct District staff to explore increasing mentorship to students by allowing employees to participate in such activities during work hours. The “Volunteering on the Clock” resolution was co-sponsored by Student Board Member Karen Calderon and Board Member Mónica Ratliff.

“Mentors have played a major role in who I have become,” Calderon said. “I believe this resolution will promote opportunities for many more students to benefit from the guidance and direction mentors can provide.”

The resolution refers specifically to the District’s Village Movement Mentoring program, which was established in 2014-15 and currently involves nearly 200 mentors serving more than 400 students at 28 schools.

The resolution requests a report to be delivered by October 2017, examining the feasibility of allowing employees to serve as mentors two hours monthly at schools participating in the program.

"I greatly appreciate Student Board Member Calderon’s bringing this resolution forward, and allowing me to cosponsor,” Ratliff said. “I look forward to reviewing the report that explores District staff’s increased opportunities to mentor students.”

Ratliff added, “Any effort to increase mentorship in our schools is a major win for our students. Increasing mentorship helps students learn about all that is possible and steps to take toward success. But, it also connects District offices more closely to the students we serve.”

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Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766