Erin Ritz, a student at Sacred Heart University, stops to take a picture with her mentee during a mentoring session (contributed photo)
STAMFORD, CT - The Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF), a non-profit organization that has served thousands of students and their families since 1996, recognized the dedication of its mentors and mentees this week in honor of National Mentoring Month. SPEF honored college, corporate, and community volunteers for their service to the students of Stamford Public Schools. With the help of these volunteers, SPEF’s nationally-recognized Stamford Mentoring Program was able to serve nearly 750 students in the 2015/2016 academic year.
This year’s honorees included:
- Community Volunteer Award: Regan Downey
- College Volunteer Award: Erin Ritz, Sacred Heart University
- Commitment to Service Award: Synapse Group
Regan Downey smiles with her mentee after recieving her Community Volunteer award (contributed photo)
“This week, SPEF is celebrating its mentors who work tirelessly to encourage and support Stamford’s next generation. These mentors create a safe, motivational environment for their mentees and their commitment to the students deserves to be acknowledged,” said Cindy Newman, Programs Manager at SPEF.
Representatives of the Synapse Group pose with mentees and their Commitment to Service awards (contributed photo)
The Stamford Mentoring Program serves students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. At the elementary school level, students learn civic responsibility through community service and reflection. At the middle and high school levels, students are paired with college and corporate mentors to set goals, improve academic standing, become engaged in school activities, and prepare for their future.