Since its inception, the goal of A+ Angels Mentor Program has been to encourage student academic independence by pairing adult mentors with students who need additional guidance and encouragement. A+ Angels mentors build relationships with students by inspiring them to work harder, helping with school work and time management. Mentors also expose students to colleges, career opportunities and life after East.
Begun in 2003 by East parents at the time, Jessica Pearson and Caren Press, A+ Angels currently consists of 80 pairs of adult volunteers and students. Aimee Arens, an East English teacher, oversees the A+ Angels Program.
Although mentors can fill many different roles, all mentors have the same goal: to help young people discover their strengths and achieve their potential. At its most basic level, mentoring guarantees a young person that there is someone who cares and can help them respond to life's ups and downs.