Do you want to inspire and motivate students to succeed? Would you like to share your story? Do you have as little as two hours a year to motivate students? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you should become a student motivator!
What is the Student Motivation and Mentoring Program?
The Black Star Project's Student Motivation and Mentoring Program (SMMP), launched in 1996, is a school-based motivational speaking and whole-classroom-mentoring model effort that strives to:
- Inspire and motivate students to do well in school
- Expose students to various college and career options
- Encourage students towards healthy and positive lives
- Help students develop viable life plans and make good decisions
SMMP aims to eliminate the inspirational and motivational education, career-exposure and life gaps between Black and Latino students and their White and Asian peers. Students are introduced to new life and career possibilities, the importance of education and staying in school, the value of college and other post-secondary school preparation, and the benefits of working hard. Furthermore, students learn about the skills and education required for various career paths and steps they can take to reach their goals.
Why is this program important?
Motivation and mentoring compliment the education and development of middle- to upper-grade students by opening their eyes to ideas, opportunities and possibilities beyond what they may know exists before volunteers visit their classroom. When students see examples of what they can become, they are more likely to take school seriously, do better in school academically and behaviorally, and graduate from elementary and high school with post-secondary school aspirations. Additionally, the program’s career exposure, overall motivational support and whole classroom mentoring model provide powerful opportunities for disadvantaged Black and Latino students to be valued.
How do I become a volunteer motivator/mentor?
Would you like to bring this program to your school?