Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success
KEYS mentors are adults with knowledge and experience to share, who have the desire to motivate students to reach their full potential. They commit to one student for up to one hour per week during the school day, during the school year. During those weekly visits mentors and students engage in a variety of activities -- and although they may help with academics, mentors are not tutors.
In Katy ISD, KEYS offers four opportunities for those who wish to join our KEYS mentor family:
KEYS is offered at every Katy ISD campus, each of which has a staff liaison who oversees the school's program. All mentors must make a one school year commitment to a student and complete an application and background check.
Traditional Mentoring ~ Pairs one mentor with one child once a week.
KSR (Katy Students Run) ~ Matches running coaches with high school students as they prepare for the Houston Half Marathon.
Mentor Buddies ~ Offers an every other week option for volunteers. Two mentors partner in mentoring the same student, coordinating their schedule so the child sees one of them at the same time each week.
Dads with Dads ~ Places experienced Dads from the community who collectively coordinate their schedules to meet with groups of young high school fathers.
Awarded every May, KEYS Scholarships are offered to graduating KEYS seniors who plan to attend an accredited institution for the "13th grade." The scholarship fund is solely supported by corporate sponsorships and private donations. KEYS Scholarships are administered through Partners in Education and the Katy ISD Business Office, with payment made directly to the institution where the student is enrolled.
To support the KEYS Scholarship Fund, contact Martha Brown