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Header: Delaware Mentoring Program - For Employees of the State of Delaware. spacer The Great Seal of the State of Delaware - For the Governor Delaware Department of Education Delaware Mentoring Council

In September 2005, Governor Ruth Ann Minner signed Executive Order #75 that would allow state employees to flex time into their work schedules to volunteer as mentors in local schools. This program is called the Governor's Mentoring Initiative. The program was officially kicked off January 1, 2006. Interested state employees should follow the guidelines listed below to become involved. (Flex time schedules will be monitored by the State Personnel Office.)

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Header: Get Started
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  Why Mentor?
spacer Mentoring a child truly makes an impact on a child's life. National studies confirm that mentoring has positive effects on youth, including achievement of higher grades in school, better class attendance, improved behavior in school, a reduction in the use of illegal drugs and alcohol, and improved self-confidence and personal skills. By becoming a mentor you are stating that you want to make a difference in the life of a child. Your time will be well spent and your impact on the child's life goes far beyond the one hour, once a week that you spend together. spacer
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  Steps to Becoming a Mentor
spacer Listed below are the steps that state employees must follow in order to start mentoring.

1. Contact your supervisor to determine if you are eligible to work an alternative schedule within the parameters of the alternative work schedule policy. Note: An email approval from your supervisor is needed before you begin exploring mentoring programs.

2. You must volunteer with an affiliate Delaware Mentoring Council Partner Program. To find an affiliate program conveniently located near you, select one from the Program List.

3. Once you have determined a mentoring program at a convenient location you must submit an "Alternative Work Schedule" to your supervisor and wait for signed approval. (See near the bottom of the alternative work schedule policy page for the application form.)

4. With your supervisor's signed approval, visit the Program List and follow the application process for your approved mentoring program.

Note: The Governor's Mentoring Initiative may not be an option for some state employees, as it depends on the nature of their work. Employees must receive approval from their agency head or supervisor prior to researching or commencing service. The time commitment for mentoring a child is one hour per week. The alternative work schedule approval may be necessary to accommodate travel to and from the school location and can be combined with the employee's lunch hour where operationally appropriate and with an employee's supervisor's approval.
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Header: Selected Links
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 - Executive Order 75
spacer Governor Minner signed Executive Order #75 granting state employees the option of flexing time into their schedule to mentor in their community. spacer
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 - Alternative Work Schedule Policy
spacer Interested in becoming a mentor? See the State's Alternative Work Schedule Policy and the steps you need to take to become involved. Also, you can download an application for an Alternative Work Schedule. spacer
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 - Find a Mentoring Program
spacer To find a mentoring program convenient to where you work, learn about the approved partner programs affiliated with the Delaware Mentoring Council. spacer
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  Questions?
spacer As a State Employee, when you need to contact someone about the Alternate Work Schedule policy, please contact your local HR department. Or, if you have questions about the Governor's Mentoring Initiative, please contact the Delaware Mentoring Council at (302) 831-0520. spacer
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  Collaborators
spacer The Governor's Mentoring Initiative is a collaboration between the Office of the Governor, the Delaware Department of Education, and the Delaware Mentoring Council. spacer


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Last Updated: Tuesday, 05-Jan-2010 14:07:58 EST
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