Mentorship and Tutoring

SPS-Stars Mentorship & Tutoring Program

Suffolk Public Schools invites you to participate in our Partners-In-Education SPS-Stars Mentorship and Tutoring program. This program is a subset of our 2022-2023 SPS Community Leadership Initiative, which aims to develop a comprehensive community leadership and partnership program that provides information and support to the Suffolk Public Schools Community while expanding business and community opportunities for the division. 

We are asking leaders in our community to help improve the productivity and well-being of our students by providing community outreach, mentorship, and tutoring locations. For example, tutors may provide homework guidance, or focus on core subject areas such as Math, English, Science or History. Tutoring may also include enrichment with a specific remedial focus. Working collaboratively with SPS-Stars, you can help cultivate life-changing relationships that empower students to thrive.

Through SPS-Stars, our school division aims to impact students socially, emotionally, and academically by providing a wider window to the world that helps them gain perspective, access to opportunities, and new learning beyond their immediate neighborhoods. SPS-Stars is a quality program dedicated to helping strengthen the life of a child at home, in school and in the community. Mentors may support our students by providing advice, advocating for them, reinforcing policies or being a constructive role model. Having a positive mentor can help a student navigate through a new experience, boost their confidence and potentially open them up to new opportunities.

As always, Suffolk Public Schools is committed to the safety and well-being of our students. Therefore, please take the time to review the following mandatory requirements for participation as a tutor or mentor through the SPS-Stars program.

To apply to be a mentor or tutor you will need to:

  1. Attend a virtual mentor training session. Pre-registration is required. The upcoming sessions will be held on the following dates:

September 14, 2022

November 16, 2022

February, 15, 2023

April, 12, 2023
2.
Be cleared to mentor through the SPS background check. All mentors/tutors will need to create a volunteer application in our Raptor System, which will be checked against the National Sex Offender database. A link to the application can be found on our SPS website www.departments/community_engagement/volunteer-connect. Once approved, you will be authorized to serve as a mentor/tutor until June 30, 2023.  **In some cases, a prior criminal conviction can prevent a community member from volunteering in ANY capacity in SPS. 
3.
Host at least two community-centered events during the 2022-2023 school year. 

For more information, questions or to pre-register for an upcoming training session, please contact the Suffolk Public Schools Office of Communications and Community Engagement at communityengagement@spsk12.net.