Molloy College Students Mentor at Local Schools
During the 2017-2018 school year, two teams of Molloy College students were mentors in the New York State Mentoring program, the nation's first statewide school-based one-to-one mentoring program to prevent school dropout. This groundbreaking student retention approach was created and implemented by Mrs. Matilda Raffa Cuomo at the request of her husband Governor Mario Cuomo in 1984.
Molloy students worked with children in the Martin Luther King Elementary School in Wyandanch and East Rockaway High School. They helped their mentees to be more confident and enabled them to better handle the many stressors of life and school. Positive changes for each child involved were a direct result of individual attention and support from their mentors.
"On behalf of Mrs. Cuomo and New York State Mentoring, please accept my sincere thanks to Molloy College for being a valued partnering agency for the 2017-2018 school year. Mentors are willing to help others without praise, recognition or compensation. The team from Molloy volunteered to work with students because they believed that they could help them grow, succeed and thrive. Their efforts and attention to the student-mentees as a Mentor, one to one, has planted the seeds on the path to success," said Diane Urso, Regional Coordinator, New York State Mentoring Program.
"I had the pleasure and privilege of mentoring at Martin Luther King Elementary School in Wyandanch alongside Kelsey Hammond, Molloy class of 2020. She has been an outstanding mentor, one who is dedicated and passionate about guiding her mentee," said Urso. Speaking about the Molloy mentoring team, Urso said, "They did a wonderful job. Time is the greatest gift we can give another person, thank you for supporting your staff in their mentoring journey. They made a real difference in the future of their mentee," added Urso.