About Us

This Is How We Role

Discover the power of Positive+ Influences! We custom match amazing, local high school students to mentor
 younger students from kindergarten to 8th grade. In just an hour or two a week, they can help your child develop the aptitude, confidence and character to succeed both in and out of the classroom.

The Mentor Effect

10 Reasons Why Mentoring is More Effective Than Tutoring

More Dynamic
Sessions involving multiple activities (e.g. homework, studying plus a sport or music) are a better fit for young attention spans, especially after a day at school.
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More Relatable
Someone who is a kid like you, who “gets it” vs. another adult telling you what to do and how to do it.
“Whole Child”
We contribute to success both in and out of the classroom, including dealing with social issues and challenges, balancing school and life, managing technology, manners and respect, and “hacks” relative to the school, teachers, coaches and situations that we are familiar with because we were just there.
$20 to $25 per hour vs $75-$150 per hour. Multiple benefits from each session (academic plus sports, music and the arts) vs. having to pay for
 these things separately.
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Not just a transaction, but a long-term relationship that can last a lifetime and bring value far into the future, well after the formal mentoring relationship ends.
Role Model
Someone to look up to. They are practicing what they preach and making it admirable to work hard in school and at the things they want to be good at. They’re polite. They’re focused. Well-rounded. They have the right priorities. They look an awful lot like the kid you hope your child becomes when they’re in High School.
In your home, at the library or other places with adult supervision. After school, evenings or weekends. Works with your schedule. Progress can be made in as little as 1 - 2 hours
per week.
Positive reinforcement and encouragement leads not only to competence improvement, it also builds confidence and self esteem. Mentors help mentees recognize their gifts and celebrate what makes them unique.
Focus &
Sessions involving multiple activities (e.g. homework/studying plus a sport or music) are a better fit for young attention spans, especially after a day at school.
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Benefit The Community
When you employ a terrific high school student in your community, you help them develop important skills like leadership, responsibility, and empathy, while supporting their college ascension. Your child can be a mentor one day when they are in High School!

Our Story

Our family’s own positive experience with high school mentors, in academics, sports and theater, motivated us to start Role Model Mentors. As parents, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing your children shine.

We discovered not long ago that this is a natural outcome when our kids are paired with role models who have worked hard toward their goals in their high school years.

It’s important to us that Role Model Mentors provides meaningful work to high achieving high school students, where young adults come to know that sharing their talents with elementary and middle school children has great value. On top of that, our community-based business model teaches mentors entrepreneurial skills and offers the opportunity to give back to their communities by donating their hours. We in turn make these hours available to families in need of mentoring without the means to pay through our scholarship program.

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Role Model Mentors is a For Profit Social Enterprise (or FOPSE). This enables us to create and scale this amazing program, benefiting mentors, mentees, families and communities as a whole, while making it affordable. Our hourly rates are a fraction of the cost of professional tutors, sports training or music teachers.

We have no doubt families who sign on with Role Model Mentors will discover, like we did, the power of Positive+ Influence. It’s simply one of the most incredible ways to support your children’s unique needs and development and to help each child see, up close, real-life examples of confidence, character and success as a young adult.

- Kristin & Tim Boylan
  Our Founders

A Note From

Whether you’re a parent of a potential mentee or an aspiring mentor, welcome to our website and thank you for exploring what Role Model Mentors has to offer.

You may be familiar with the old proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Our mission is simple – to build a community service that becomes part of the “modern village,” supporting each and every child on their unique journey through school and life. We do this by helping younger students to understand their unique gifts, by building their competence and confidence, and by giving them someone to look up to, who demonstrates the importance of doing well in school, pursuing your passions and interests outside of school, and overcoming the challenges (social and otherwise) that invariably come your way.

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Admission departments are increasingly looking to identify students with high “emotional intelligence,” which is widely recognized by academics and sociologists as a critical aspect of adult success and happiness.

At the same time, we also support the mentor, providing them with an entrepreneurial work experience that fits into their busy schedule, providing important development of capabilities including leadership, empathy, compassion and accountability. This experience is not only rewarding, it’s extremely valuable as they prepare to apply for and attend college. 

We believe that everyone can use a role model, and have gone to great lengths to make our service as affordable as possible. Nevertheless, it still may be out of reach for some. If you are interested in a mentor for your child but are unsure if you can afford one, please get in touch with us. We will do our best to find you a mentor at a reduced cost or even no cost depending on the situation.

We want everyone to win with Positive+ Influences!

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- Derek Correia

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How It Works

If you are a parent, view our video to see how our program works and how we can support your child’s success both in and out of the classroom.

About Our Mentors

Role Model Mentors attracts top students, athletes, artists and musicians from local high schools. These young adults are uniquely suited to help younger students, as they exemplify being well rounded, with good grades as well as extracurricular interests and pursuits.

Unique Matching Process
Because mentors are from the same community and schools, and matched based on shared interests, they are easier to relate to. Additionally, the dynamic sessions they create are far more engaging than long sessions focused on just homework or sports training. This leads to a much different outcome and a longer, more beneficial relationship than is typically achieved with an adult tutor, teacher or trainer.
Thoroughly Screened Candidates
We screen each of our mentors to ensure they have excellent grades, along with talent and dedication to the extracurricular activities they list. Every one of our mentors must be a matriculated high school student in good standing, and we check both peer and adult references prior to matching them. In addition, a member of our team interviews each mentor prior to approval.
Ongoing Mentor

Training and Support
We also provide training and support to help our mentors plan and deliver a successful, ongoing mentoring relationship that achieves the results their clients seek. Each one of our talented mentors has made a personal pledge to be a positive influence on younger students in their community.
Our Promise to You
Our confidence in the character and talent of our mentors is what enables us to offer our service with a no risk, 100% money back guarantee in the event your mentor does not exceed your expectations.

Why Mentor?

If you are a high school student who is considering applying to become a mentor, view our video to learn about mentoring.

Gain An Admissions Advantage

Develop the critical skills that top colleges and universities look for when choosing applicants for admission.

Earn An Income

Develop the critical skills that top colleges and universities look for when choosing applicants for admission.

The Summer
Learning Gap

It is well documented that in the summer, in the absence of activity to specifically prevent it, young students will regress in math, reading comprehension, and other skills developed during the prior school year.

According to studies by the NSLA, The New York Times and Harvard University, this sets students back back a few months annually, and is thought to be one of the major reasons why the U.S. lags so many other industrialized nations in key measurements of student aptitude throughout virtually all grade levels.

A Valuable Learning Opportunity

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Retain & Sustain

A mentor can play a key role in preventing academic regression, ensuring the competencies developed during the prior school year are retained, and helping their mentee hit the new school year in stride.

Additionally, by also including sports, music or other hobbies in their summer sessions, they can also continue their skill and aptitude development in their chosen extracurricular activities, better preparing them for fall sport seasons, tryouts, auditions, and the like.

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Plan Flexible Sessions

These sessions can be spread across the summer, or, in instances where either the mentor or mentee are unavailable for extended periods (for instance camp or summer family vacation), they can be compressed into a few days here or there, or concentrated into the last week or two prior to school beginning.

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Summer is NOT the time to cancel or defer mentoring services, on the contrary, it’s a time when having a Role Model Mentor can be MOST valuable. This includes helping your child prepare for what’s next in the coming school year, which is always different than the prior year, especially if your child is moving up from elementary to middle, or middle to high school.

If you’re interested in getting started during the summer, or need help to continue mentoring services in the summer, give us a call!