We’ve all heard that statement “it takes a village to raise a child”. Well, it’s true. That’s why we created the Together We Achieve (TWA) mentorship program. The program supports the concept that children can accomplish their dreams when they are given support, guidance, hope and opportunity. We teach our students that together we CAN achieve.
Tanager Place and Roosevelt Middle School share a belief in providing opportunities to students so they never lose sight of their dreams. The TWA mentoring program offers both 1-1 mentor matches as well as small group mentoring to at-risk middle school students. By using proven techniques such as 1-1 mentoring, group mentoring, peer interactions and school engagement, we can have a positive impact on student’s behavioral, social and academic outcomes.
The TWA program currently serves 8 students who meet with their mentors at least two times a month and with their mentoring group every other week. Students are actively engaged in school and community activities, and are given the opportunity to see the world in a different light; empowering them to reach their potential.
We’ve received tremendous support from the Alliant Energy Foundation, whose investment has given these students a chance to view their school and community through a different lens. The ultimate objective of the TWA program is to develop these hard-working students into leaders in the classroom, amongst their peers and in the community.
Amy Lew, Ph.D. and Lou Bettner, Ph.D. said it best, “in the end, children succeed because they feel they have a close relationship with others, feel valued in their communities, and have a sense of control over some aspects of their lives; children who are in trouble feel isolated, useless to society and powerless.”
The Together We Achieve program was designed to develop an important chapter in a child’s book of life; a chapter of hope, possibilities and achievement.