The purpose of this curriculum is to help students understand who they are, why they matter, and how they can leave a lasting impact on the world around them delivered through the safe environment of an upperclassmen mentor who embodies the six pillars of character for best practices and healthy outcomes. We have integrated modules for physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development. As well, the curriculum is designed to help the students understand dependence, independence, and interdependence to work within a collaborative, team setting.
The goal of B.E.L.I.E.V.E. is to help students practice informed decision making for long-term consequences in every area of their life.
Mentoring groups meet all together at scheduled times throughout the school year for a total of 20 weeks. Meetings last between 45-60 minutes. During these meetings, older grade-level mentors work through that day’s lesson with the younger grade-level mentees.
We work hand-in-hand with lead administrators, guidance counselors, and school appointed liaisons in advance to set the schedule days and meeting times for groups.
The mentoring group at HHS has helped to change the culture at Hanceville High School. Mr. John Williams has done a fabulous job of convincing our students to make good choices on a daily basis over the last three years at HHS. I have seen a huge decline in our student discipline referrals and an increase in student attendance as well as standardized testing. In the month of February we only had 7 discipline referrals in the entire school, compared to 49 three years ago in February. Hanceville High School finished last in our system with attendance in 2013. In the past three years, we have finished either first or second in our system. I take great pride in saying that the culture at HHS has changed for the better. Each Tuesday, Mr Williams, meets with a selected group of students at Hanceville High School. These students are a hand-picked group of upperclassmen that are considered the leaders of our school. We call this group “Mentors”. The mentors meet to discuss the character education lesson that will be taught on Wednesday during Mentor time. Mr. Williams meets with the entire 9th grade every Wednesday to discuss character issues that face young teenagers in today’s society. Once Mr. Williams completes the instruction to the group, he then turns the class over to the 25 plus mentors to work in small groups. Our freshman enjoy getting to know the upperclassmen on a personal level. The mentors also help each freshman on how to become successful leaders at HHS. I personally believe mentors class should be taught in every school across America. The Mentoring program has helped shape so many kids lives at HHS. If you have any questions about Mentoring, please don’t hesitate to call.