Mentor's Care Wylie ISD





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Abilene, TX

Total Budget: $1,800

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

Activity Type: Education: General

Summary: Funds to provide snacks and lunch-time meals in the Mentor's Care room that serves at-risk students at Wylie High School in Abilene, TX

Mentor's Care is a non-profit organization that serves high school students at-risk of not graduating. This grant is being requested for the program serving Wylie High School in Abilene, TX. The program pairs the youths up with Mentors and the on-site coordinator provides a room where students can come grab a snack before school and in-between classes as well as at lunch. This room provides a refuge for students who would often be wondering the halls or leaving campus, and also provides them a safe space to come when they have a mental breakdown or just need to vent to an adult who isn't a teacher or parent. The coordinator will determine if the student's needs require them to see the counselor or other school support staff member and makes sure they are headed to class if not. Many of these students don't eat regularly, so the fruit bar they pick up in the morning or the bowl of soup they heat up at lunch might be the only meal they eat that day. The snacks are also a means to keep the kids coming by the room to check in so that the coordinator can apprise mentors of updates in their mentees life such as a rough break up or behavior problems in a class between sessions. Every aspect of this program is aimed at keeping these students engaged and in class so that they can graduate with their diploma. Along the way these students see their hard work come to fruition and, hopefully, change their minds about school and the value of an education. Mentors discuss various topics with their mentees, including practical things like the cost of living on their own, the average pay for various careers, help with college prep for those that are headed to college and discussions about a variety of other relevant topics. Our club already has one Rotarian serving as a mentor and after a presentation by the coordinator, has at least one other Rotarian who is actively seeking to become one. Once distributed, the funds would be used to purchase snacks that would be given out to students over the school year.

Project Contact Person

District: 5790

Rotary Club of: Abilene

Primary Contact: Gary Rhodes II

Email: gary2@rhodes-ins.com

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2023-24 Rotary Year.

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Abilene (5790)









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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Dusty Babitzke

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Dusty Babitzke

System Entry: Project signed by Dusty Babitzke.


by Gary Rhodes II

System Entry: Project signed by Gary Rhodes II.


by Gayla Fullerton

System Entry: Project signed by Gayla Fullerton.


by Dusty Babitzke

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by Dusty Babitzke

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

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