Mentors make a difference

Dallas ISD team members support students in the classroom and, often, outside the classroom as mentors. National Mentoring Month recognizes their efforts to help students succeed.

Many of them mentor students through the Racial Equity Office’s mentorship programs for African American and emergent bilingual students in an effort to eliminate disparities. The African American Student Mentor and Emergent Bilingual (EB) Mentor programs provide intentional support to a cohort of students on every campus in Dallas ISD. 

During the fall of 2023, over 270 mentors engaged approximately 2,700 students. 

Research shows that mentors play a powerful role in the lives of young people by providing them with positive interactions that help them make good choices, improve school attendance, and engage in learning while avoiding negative behaviors. Students who have a mentor are more likely to finish school and attend college, more likely to participate regularly in sports and extracurricular activities, and to participate in community activities. 

If you are a mentor or were mentored as a student, join REO’s social media and website to celebrate the programs’ accomplishments during January at  Facebook @DALLASISDREO, X (Formally Twitter) @DISDREO, and  Instagram @DISDREO.

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