Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota

School-Based Mentoring

In our most popular School-Based Mentoring, volunteers spend one hour per week one-on-one with an elementary, middle or high school student at school. Mentors and students enjoy a variety of activities together, such as working in the computer lab, playing board games, reading a book, playing basketball or simply eating lunch together and talking.

School-Based Mentoring offers a flexible volunteer option. With over 50 locations available, mentors can select a school that is near their home or office. Most mentors meet with their students during the school lunch hour (varies at each school, generally between 11 am and 1 pm).

School counselors (site coordinators) select any student in their building who can use extra one-to-one attention from a caring adult role model for this program. Site coordinators are responsible for matching students with volunteers and if needed, providing on-site assistance to the volunteer.

LSS has operated School-Based Mentoring since 2001 at Sioux Falls School District. In 2009, the program expanded to include Baltic, Brandon Valley, Canton, Garretson, Harrisburg, Lennox, Tea Area, Tri-Valley and West Central School Districts. In 2012, the program expanded to include Dell Rapids. Click on the Participating Schools menu for more information on each participating school.