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