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Community Members Invited to Mentor FBISD Students

(FORT BEND ISD) –Fort Bend ISD’s Collaborative Communities department is inviting community members to serve as mentors to district students. Applications are now open for the 2022-23 school year and those interested can apply here.

Missouri City Councilmember Vashaundra Edwards (center) with her mentee Maryana (immediate left) and her family at a recent city council meeting.

Mentors meet with students once a week, either face-to-face or virtually, and provide a supportive adult presence in a student’s life, with the goal of increasing their academic achievement and socio-emotional health and wellbeing.

Vashaundra Edwards, a city council member for Missouri City, served as a mentor to Maryana, a student at Glover Elementary last school year as part of the district’s mentoring program. The two met every week and the changes in Maryana were seen in her schoolwork and in her growth and development. Before last year, her parents and teachers described Maryana as shy, reserved and hesitant to engage. But after meeting with Councilmember Edwards for the full school year, her confidence has blossomed and her reading level increased by nearly a full grade-level, according to teachers.

That new-found confidence was on display recently when Edwards honored Maryana at a City Council meeting, presenting her with a certificate of achievement. Maryana spoke publicly, for the first time, to the council and attendees, something her mother says she couldn’t have done without having a mentor. The two will continue building their mentor relationship in this upcoming school year.


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