SpringBoard Program: Grades 3-12


What is SpringBoard?

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SpringBoard Mentor program is the umbrella program for community-supported mentor programs throughout Spring Branch ISD. The program is grounded in extensive research affirming that all children and young adults benefit from the consistent presence of a caring adult serving as a role model, advocate and friend.

The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) 2014 report, "The Mentoring Effect" states that the experiences of the young people surveyed showed significant positive outcomes for those who had a mentor.

At-risk young people with mentors were more likely to aspire to attend and to enroll in college. They were more likely to report participating in sports and other extracurricular activities. They also were more likely to report taking leadership roles in school and extracurricular activities, and to regularly volunteer in their communities.

With just a small investment of time each week as a mentor, you can make a big difference in the life of a young person in SBISD.

How to become a SpringBoard Mentor

1. Apply to Be a Volunteer/Mentor:
Complete the SBISD Mentor/Volunteer application. Registration for 2018-2019 school year opens July 1. Use this link: Submit volunteer/mentor application

Once your application is approved (can take 5-7 days), you will attend a new mentor training...

2. Attend Training:
Trainings are provided from September through early March. Register below for a new mentor training.

Training Location:
Wayne F. Schaper Sr. Leadership Center (Administration Building)
955 Campbell Road
Houston, TX 77024
Light Refreshments will be served in room 270.

3. Get Matched:
Once the application and training requirements are complete, you can be matched with a student (same gender) at the school of your choice to begin your mentoring adventure!

For more information call 713.251.2212 or send an email to the SpringBoard Mentoring Team at: mentor@springbranchisd.com

Fall 2019 New Mentor Trainings

Spring 2020 New Mentor Training Dates

If these dates are not convenient for you, please contact us

Become a mentor

SpringBoard Mentor Toolkit

Mentor U (Continuing Education for Mentors)

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What can you learn at Mentor U?

What you need to know to be a better mentor. What works, what mentees need, and how to best connect with your mentee. Get ideas and advice about how to be an effective mentor at SBISD.

Two sessions to choose from:

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Audience: SBISD Mentors and program staff (lunch served)
Location: SBISD Administration Building
955 Campbell Road Houston, TX 77024

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Audience: SBISD Mentors, Parents, and Staff
Location: SBISD Administration Building
955 Campbell Road Houston, TX 77024

Exciting Mentor U's Coming Your Way

October Mentor U

“Facing the Dragon Together”
Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Adolescents

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  Two sessions from which to choose:
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
(Lunch served)
  Register here: https://conta.cc/31UqJ5X

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
(Snacks and drinks served)
 Register here: https://conta.cc/339VzHW

Mentor U Archive

SpringBoard Mentoring Highlights

May 2019
Mentor Helps AOC Student Persevere, Graduate

Stability and consistency are qualities that mentor Lee Anna Lackey has provided to her mentee, Jade, in the past two years of their relationship at Academy of Choice in Spring Branch ISD.

Jade and Lackey have built a relationship built on trust and honesty.

“She has helped me stay focused,” Jade said of Lackey, who visits her to have lunch once a week as part of the SpringBoard Mentoring Program.

A series of family moves in the past few years could have distracted Jade from completing school, but she has stuck with the alternative high school program at AOC.

Click here to read more.

February 2019

Mentoring Works 

You wouldn’t think weekly conversations of less than an hour throughout the school year could make a difference in someone’s life.

In Spring Branch ISD, it can and does, every week, when hundreds of mentors come to more than 30 schools to have one-on-one conversations with their mentees.

SBISD directly coordinates two mentor programs: SpringBoard (grades 3-12) and Collegiate Challenge (grades 11-12 for college ready students).

Research shows that young people who have a mentor are more likely to be involved in school activities, to take on leadership roles in and out of school, to give back by... click here to read more.

January 2019

Righty Tighty: Mentoring in Action



Bill Dang, mentor to fifth-grader Isaias at Treasure Forest Elementary, recently gave his mentee some hands-on experience with computer hardware – and a bonus gift at the end.

The mentor and mentee, first matched in the Spring Branch ISD SpringBoard Mentor Program in Spring 2018, discovered they share an interest in computers. The mentor has built several computers and was able to verbally explain to his mentee the roles of major components inside a computer. 

To further ignite Isaias’ #Limitless Curiosity, one of SBISD’s core values... click here to read more.

November 2018

A Beautiful Web of Caring and Support

Only in Spring Branch ISD could a story like this be woven. In a district whose Core Values include Every Child and Collaborative Spirit, a series of events over the past three years have brought these particular beliefs to life.

“Everything happens for a reason,” said new SpringBoard Mentor Keldric Terrell. Click here to read more.

October 2018

'You should have seen the look on her face." Mentors Return for 2018-2019

SpringBoard Program mentors returned this month to start visiting their mentees at more than 30 campuses across Spring Branch ISD. Exclamations of “Hey, how’s it going?” and, “I missed you so much!” were heard as mentors and mentees reunited after a long summer apart. Click here to read more.

U of H Visit– A Vision of a Bright Future

March 2018

Mentors and mentees from the Northbrook High School SpringBoard Mentor Program enjoyed a Saturday outing to University of Houston. The group, along with the NHS Mentor Program Coordinator, Sharlondria Basquine, toured the campus and had lunch in a campus cafeteria. The students were very enthusiastic and impressed with the experience of visiting a college. Seeds were definitely planted!


Do you have a story you want to share?  Maybe a mentor helped you. Share your story with us!  We want to hear how mentors are shaping our community starting in the classroom.

Email us your story at mentor@springbranchisd.com


Coordinator of Community Services and Mentoring Programs


Mentor Program Facilitator