The Patrick McCurdy Education Foundation

It is our mission to lay the world at the studentsí feet;
allowing them to choose their opportunities.

The ROMP Story

The Reaching Out Mentoring Program (ROMP) opened its doors in the fall of 2005 with 12 middle school students matched with volunteer mentors from the community. By the end of the 2006 school year, ROMP had over 20 students matched with a mentor.  In the 2007 school year, ROMP encompassed the Pleasant Hill School District serving 88 students between grades 3 and 12.  ROMP expanded to the South Lane School District in 2008 (Pleasant Hill and Cottage Grove programs now operate independently). 

For the past 12 years Pleasant Hill's mentoring program has been funded by donations and grants to Patrick McCurdy Education Foundation. In addition to this funding, ROMP began receiving financial support from the Pleasant Hill School District in the fall of 2015, ensuring the sustainability of this valuable program.

ROMP is a school-based mentoring program designed for rural communities. Mentoring happens on the school campus during school hours. Criteria for student nomination (by school staff or parent/guardian) is fairly wide: reading below grade level, tardy/truancy issues, behavior issues, substandard living conditions, incarcerated relative, family stress or social insecurities/deficits.

  • Adult volunteer mentors for ROMP are screened, trained and carefully matched with students grades K-12.
  • ROMP trains and supervises high school students who mentor elementary students in the Lunch-Buddies peer mentoring program.
  • Mentors meet weekly with their mentees with the goal to build a trusting relationships.
  • Mentoring provides the opportunity for students to receive emotional and social support and academic assistance, encouraging a stronger, more positive connection to school and the larger community.
  • Our mentoring is designed to help students succeed in their current class work, prepare for high school success and make plans for future learning.

ROMP teams up with the Family Resource Center to host seasonal family parties which are open to Pleasant Hill community members of all ages.

We Are Uniquely Rural:

  • 48% of mentoring programs in the country are school-based mentoring programs
  • Of that 48%, less than 5% are programs designed to mentor rural disadvantaged youth
  • The Reaching Out Mentoring Program is one of six in the State of Oregon that provide mentoring for rural disadvantaged youth, and one of thirty eight in the nation.

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