Mentoring Program

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


Unfortunately, our Mentoring Program has been temporarily suspended as we reevaluate the mission and recruit new mentors. If you are interested in helping in this effort, please contact Judy Christofferson at

The following is a description of the original program:

Our mentoring program was for female students in grades three through six. The school counselor identified 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 were able to opt for Mentor, Co-Mentor or substitute status. All Mentors were 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 ran for approximately 30 weeks, starting in October and ending in June. Mentors met weekly with their students each Tuesday in the school library. Students started arriving at approximately at 3:45 p.m. following classroom dismissal. The session concluded at 4:30 p.m. The Program provides guidelines to help the Mentor decide on how to work with the student. There were 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.

Additional Information: 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.

Interested in starting a STEM program at an elementary school? Contact: Dianne Mero at