Mentoring Program

Mentoring Program at Forest Edge Elementary School
Tuesdays – 3:45-4:30 p.m. 


Our mentoring program is for female students in grades three through six. The school counselor identifies students that could benefit from a one-on-one relationship in which the mentor serves as a positive role model and provides adult social interaction.

Volunteer Mentors may opt for Mentor, Co-Mentor or substitute status. All Mentors are subject to background checks as required and administered by Fairfax County Public Schools.

10 things to know about our tremendous Mentoring Program by Fran Lovaas and Judi Ornoff. (Printable pdf)

The Program runs for approximately 30 weeks, starting in October and ending in June. Mentors meet weekly with their students each Tuesday in the school library. Students start arriving at approximately at 3:45 p.m. following classroom dismissal. The session concludes at 4:30 p.m. The Program provides guidelines to help the Mentor decide on how to work with the student. There are special events like craft days, birthday gatherings, etc.  At one Fall session, our Branch Mentoring Program was very busy helping our students make winter pine cone bird feeders (with sunflower butter). We discussed local birds and how they survive when it snows and food is scarce. Each girl also received a bird book and a checklist for spotting local birds thanks to the generosity of the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia.

Commitment to regular attendance is an essential requirement of a Mentor and if one is unable to attend a weekly session, it is the Mentor’s responsibility to find an approved substitute for that session. A substitute list is available.

Please consider taking part in this Program.  It is a rewarding and enjoyable experience that requires a commitment of less than two hours a week of your time.


Judy Christofferson     

Lynne Mulston            

Roberta Sherman       

Fran Lovaas