Why Mentor or Tutor?

  • To help students make the transition to secondary school.
  • To emphasize the importance of school and demonstrate how to achieve in the classroom.
  • To provide a network of support in concert with parents, family, school and the community.
  • To assist a child with academics.
  • To empower students to advocate for themselves.
  • To be a role model, reinforce positive behavior and provide guidance.
  • Because… when Father Champlin first started speaking about giving time, talent & treasure, he would add, “Whatever you give, in whatever way, it comes back to you.”

Volunteer mentors establish relationships with students, meeting once a week during the school year. This partnership is designed to equip students with the tools for lifelong learning such as confidence, determination, problem solving, and goal setting. Tutors work individually or in small groups with students to help build English Language Arts, Math, and Science skills so that the students are able to fully develop their learning potential.

The mentoring program begun by Father Champlin at the inception of the Guardian Angel Society was expanded in 2012 to include a summer program “Building A Path to Success” which helped graduates of CAP prepare for the academic and personal challenges of junior high school.


Mentors & tutors attend one or two training sessions where the program goals, expectations and protocol are outlined. Additionally, personnel in each student’s school provide the mentors and tutors with support. Mentors & tutors must also complete VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children” training.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or tutor for the upcoming academic year, please contact the Guardian Angel Society office, at (315) 422-7218 or download the volunteer application or fill out the online form on our Volunteer page.

To support the efforts and learn more about the Mentor & Tutor Program, join us at the Mentor & Tutor Breakfast!



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