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Be a Mentor

Expanding youth mentoring in New Orleans has been a top priority for Communities In Schools. Extensive research has shown that youth who have adult mentors have a far greater likelihood of succeeding no matter their personal circumstances. Through funding provided by Office of Juvenile and Justice Delinquency Prevention and Capital One we are excited to launch our new mentoring program.

What is the CIS Mentoring Program?

Our equation is a simple one - one adult, one child, one lunch a week= 2 Lives Changed

The CIS Mentoring Program gives adult volunteers and youth the opportunity to engage in a mentoring relationship in a structured and safe school based environment.

Who are CIS Mentors?

CIS mentors are responsible adults willing to commit at least four hours a month toward fostering a positive relationship with a young person. To become a mentor you must:

• Be at least 21 years of age
• Complete a mentor application and interview
• Pass a background check and reference check
• Submit a copy of your driver's license
• Complete 3 hour mentor training
• Commit to a match for a minimum of one year

Why Mentor?

Research has shown that a young person who has a mentor is more likely to:
• Improve self-esteem
• Stay in school
• Improve academic and social skills
• Feel encouraged to develop positive behaviors, attitudes and ambitions

Research has shown that adults who serve as mentors experience:
• Improved health and self-esteem
• A sense of purpose
• A much-needed break from their busy professional lives

Are you interested in becoming a mentor?

To apply to be a mentor, please fill out and print the below application and mail it to Amanda Schroeder, Chief Program Officer at Communities In Schools.

For more information, contact us at or 504.494.0328.

Our Impact

  • # of Case-Managed Students


  • Students Who Met or Made Progress Towards Their Academic Goals


  • Students Who Met or Made Progress Towards Their Attendance Goals


  • Students Who Promoted or Graduated


  • # of Non Case Managed Students Receiving Services from CIS


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