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Reach & Teach Mentoring Program

In 2012 Catholic Charities’ School–Based Counseling expanded with the addition of an after school mentoring program called Reach & Teach, a supplement to its therapeutic counseling in participating schools. The program is designed to improve academic success and promote self-confidence and positive choice making through high school, volunteer mentors. Mentors are paired with grade/middle school mentees who meet for one hour after school one day a week. The first half-hour, the mentor assists with homework promoting academic success and responsibility. The second half-hour focuses on fun, social activities to build a mentor/mentee relationship that promotes positive self-esteem, positive choices and trust. Reach & Teach is supervised by a Catholic Charities’ School-Based Counselor. The program’s duration is October thru April with approximately 26 sessions.

Listen to School Counselor, Donna Moreland, MSW, CSW, shares on the Son-rise Morning show the purpose, importance and impact of the Reach & Teach Mentoring program.


  • Mentors are high school sophomores, juniors, seniors in good academic standings.
  • Mentors are screened and recommended by their high schools.
  • Mentors have two commitment options:
    • The full duration of the program, October-April. Mentees receive the greatest benefit when they have the same mentor from start to finish.
    • January thru April, approximately 16 sessions
  • Mentor Qualities:
    • Desire to be a positive, influential role-model
    • Comfortable with school-aged children
    • First-rate listening skills; positive and encouraging communication skills
    • Ability to practice diplomacy, sensitivity, and confidentiality

Mentors contribute directly to the success of the Reach & Teach Program by helping mentees achieve their fullest potential and discover and grow their own strengths.

High school students wanting to become a mentor for the current school year should fill out an application and contact Kristina for more information at kjolly@covingtoncharities.org, 859.581.8974 ext. 119. 

High school principals interested in partnering with the Catholic Charities’ Reach & Teach Mentoring Program, contact Kristina at (859) 581-8974 ext. 119 or kjolly@covingtoncharities.org.