TCP Academic & Emotional Mentoring provides elementary and middle school youth with mentors during the school day who provide students with academic and emotional support during the school day.
“Being able to talk to someone I trust who is not a counselor when I am struggling or having an emotional day has helped me a lot! When I get to talk to a TCP Mentor I feel so relieved. I actually feel like I am able and ready to learn after talking with Mr. Mark.”
Why In-School Mentoring
Northern AA County is home to communities that suffer from food insecurities, youth homelessness, the highest percentages in the county of residents living under the poverty line, and a large percentage of youth suffering from multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). All these factors lead to poor academic performance, emotional instability, and chronic absences and tardiness.
Less than 11% of students in 8th grade and less than 25% of students in 5th grade who attend schools in northern Anne Arundel County are proficient in math. Less than 50% of students in northern Anne Arundel County are proficient in English.
To combat the education disparity and poor proficiency levels in northern Anne Arundel County schools, TCP Mentors assist identified students during math and reading class and conduct “Lunch Bunches” with students where they are able to get additional academic support.
To help combat the emotional trauma many students are facing due to poor living conditions and a poverty stricken community, TCP provides Mentors to meet students where they are, provide a safe place to communicate, an ear to listen, and encouragement to get them through their tough situation.