What is L.O.V.E.?
Local Outreach Volunteer Educators are volunteers that work with early elementary students in Savannah-Chatham County's Title I Schools. Title I schools are those where at least 40% of the school's students are from low-income families.
Mentors provide one-on-one tutoring in reading and math to help students who are behind to achieve grade-level goals. Mentors are a caring and dependable presence in the lives of these children. They listen, encourage and help students believe they can learn and succeed in school and in life.
Our mission is to improve education, build life skills, and support the hopes and dreams of Savannah's children.
What Do Mentors Do?
Teachers identify students who might benefit from a Mentor's support and these students are assigned to a Mentor. The Mentor goes to the school, takes their student out of the classroom and helps that student for about an hour each week. Mentors usually do this work in the school's library/resource center. Depending on the teacher's assessment, a Mentor's focus may include reading, building vocabulary, playing games to help with math or reading concepts, or just listening to them to encourage conversation. L.O.V.E. provides training and materials and the support of a L.O.V.E. Site Director and other, experienced L.O.V.E. mentors.
The pairing of Mentors and students is done by the L.O.V.E. Site Director, considering Mentor availability, preferences, student needs, and classroom schedules. Once paired, Mentors and teachers establish direct communication to firm up schedule details, focus areas and reports on progress.
L.O.V.E. Mentors, Inc. is a 501c non-profit organization, working in partnership with Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. We are an all-volunteer organization and welcome adult volunteers from the Chatham County community without regard to age, gender, physical ability, race, or religious affiliation. 100% of our sponsors’ support is devoted to effective implementation of our programs. The organization was founded in 1995 by a Landings resident who saw a need “across the bridge” and decided to do something about it.