Cedar Hills Elementary celebrated 40 fourth and fifth grade students at their pinning ceremony for their Young Ladies, Young Gentlemen, and Project Respect mentoring groups.
School Principal Marva McKinney, stated, “Witnessing this event makes me proud to know that we are reaching our goals toward students being role models, helping them to understand a shared vision, building strong relationships, and maintaining a motivating atmosphere.”
Cedar Hills is one of four pilot participants in the Jacksonville Public Education Fund’s School Leadership Initiative within economically challenged schools. McKinney was selected for the Brian J. Davis Fellowship for School Climate and Culture to continue building a positive affirming culture and vision at her school.
Project Respect, The Young Ladies, and The Young Gentlemen’s Group is a practical, mentoring approach to providing ten to fifteen fourth and fifth grade students with a developmentally and educationally appropriate program that can help them achieve their greatest academic, social, personal and physical well-being. Participants meet weekly with either a teacher, social worker, guidance counselor, parent, and/or community volunteer to teach and help students practice life skills, address early anti-social behavior, help children express and cope with their feelings, proper etiquette, high self-esteem, and character development. The program is also an effective, early response to students who are experiencing significant life stresses that place them at risk for behavioral and academic failure or delinquent behavior. Shown are the mentors and students of the Young Ladies, Young Gentlemen, and Project Respect mentoring groups.