Ettrick Elementary School recognized two mentoring programs, Men of Troy and Buddy 2 Buddy.
Men of Troy is a mentoring program designed by Rev. Delano Douglas at Virginia State University. Rev. Douglas oversees the Campus Ministries at Virginia State and started working with Ettrick Elementary and Communities In Schools four years ago. The Men of Troy mentoring program has been in operation at Ettrick Elementary school for the past three years.
Men of Troy is a leadership program for African-American males in grades four and five. Each week VSU mentors lead students in activities designed to help them develop good study habits, set goals for higher education, discuss how to handle difficult situations appropriately, tutor students with homework and have fun playing basketball or physical challenge games. These VSU students juggle their demanding college classes, have attended training through the Virginia Mentoring program, meet once a week for two hours with their mentee and try to meet with their mentee one additional day to have lunch and to check in.
Buddy 2 Buddy is a mentoring program facilitated by Chesterfield Mental Health Prevention Services. High School students apply to be a Student Ambassador. Once students have made it through the interview process, they are trained for one day during the summer to be prepared to mentor students. They too are juggling classwork, sports, jobs and the busy schedules of high school students. However, they find the time to spend two hours for nine weeks with an elementary student to learn the values of leading a substance-free lifestyle. Mrs. Sherry Callear and Ms. Brehonda Lewis-Cuff are the Chesterfield Mental Health Prevention Counselors who support this mentoring program.
“We are so grateful for the support of our mentors,” said Ettrick faculty members.