Student Mentoring

The positive impact of an adult role model on student success is powerful – and this impact extends far beyond a student’s teachers and other school staff. Mentors from across our community build life-changing relationships with students to support their success in and out school.

What is the Student Mentoring Program?

Student mentoring in the Dubuque Community School District is defined as a one-to-one relationship between a youth and an adult that occurs over a prolonged period of time.

A mentor provides consistent support, guidance, and concrete help to a student who is in need of a positive role model. Students involved in the mentoring program may be going through a difficult and/or challenging situation, a period of life in which they need extra support, or they may simply need to have another significant adult present in their life.

The goal of student mentoring is to help students involved in the mentoring program to gain the skills and confidence to be responsible for their own futures.

To achieve this goal, mentors commit to mentoring a student:

  • for a half hour, each week
  • for the entire 9-month school year
  • during school hours
  • on school grounds

If you are interested in becoming a mentor:

Read the Mentor Position Description

Complete the Student Mentor Application

To learn more or for questions, please contact Carlos Pittman at


Carlos Pittman
Student Support Liaison

Because the safety of our students is of the utmost importance, we require background checks of all non-employees involved in school programs.

To begin, review the volunteer guidelines and download the necessary forms included in the Non-Employee Background Check packet.

Non-employee Background Check packetsĀ are also available at each school building and at the district administrative offices located at 2300 Chaney Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52001.