JC Mentor Program

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we are unable to provide mentoring at the Johnson City Middle School for the Spring 2021 semester. Please check back for updates about Fall 2021.


The Johnson City Mentor Program is a partnership between Binghamton University and the Johnson City (JC) School District. Over 1,000 Binghamton University students have successfully participated in the program. The program’s objectives are to:

  • Provide Johnson City Middle School students with role models and extra academic support.
  • Provide an opportunity for Binghamton students to explore career options while serving the community.

Students who participate in the JC Mentor program will:

  • Gain experience in a secondary school setting
  • Work with people of diverse backgrounds and ages
  • Learn how to work with, and mentor, middle school students, and be a reliable academic and social support
  • Develop transferable workplace skills such as professionalism, communication, leadership, patience and more.

Why Become a Mentor? 

A mentor has the opportunity to help a child who may have low self-esteem, social development challenges, and academic problems learn the skills to overcome these obstacles and develop into a productive and prosperous young adult. Studies have shown that children with mentors are less likely to engage in aggressive, anti-social behaviors, or to use drugs and alcohol. You can make a difference in the life of a child!

Mentors will:

  • Work one-on-one with a student during the school day (generally 7:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.) to help with classroom assignments, homework and studying.
  • Work with teachers and school counselors to identify scholastic problem areas
  • Serve as social and academic role models
  • Provide encouragement

What Binghamton University Students say about Being a Johnson City Mentor

“It is very hard to explain what I gained from this experience. I got to see firsthand that everyone learns at their own pace. I learned I had a lot more patience than I thought I did and possibly the best part was I gained a friend.”

“I have recommended this program to friends especially if they want to be a teacher or if they just want to make a positive impact on a child’s life. It’s a wonderful thing to be involved in something bigger than yourself.”

  • Program Requirements

    • Mentor 5 hours per week at the JC Middle School (50 hours per semester)
    • Attend a one hour weekly seminar and receive two credits
    • Must be a sophomore (completed a minimum of one year of college), junior or senior to apply
  • Transportation

    There is public transportation available to the Johnson City Middle School on the BC Transit #17 line. Please be aware that the bus leaves Binghamton University to go to the middle school at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., and returns around 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. You need to call the bus ahead of time to make sure they come to the middle school.


Contact jcmentor@binghamton.edu with any questions regarding the Johnson City Mentor Program.
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