School Safety Mentoring Program

The School District’s 2018-2019 School Supports Census spotlighted the need for mentoring support. Over 60 schools – approximately a third of all schools – indicated a critical need for structured mentoring in their school communities. Among these schools, many specifically requested mentors for their Black male students. Based on these identified needs, the Office of Strategic Partnerships began developing the LEAD (Leaders Encouraging Achievement and Development) Mentoring Program for Black male students. Early in the development of LEAD, the Office of School Safety became a close partner. After three years of development and initial implementation, LEAD transitioned to the School Safety Mentoring Program (SSMP). The SSMP is a mentoring program available to all students. It pairs specially trained School Safety Officers with students to form trusting and supportive relationships, providing participating students additional support and guidance in their growth and development.

Key Program Components


The evidence informed curriculum uses findings from recent research and best practices to mentor students. This allows for a curriculum that has been individualized to meet the needs of students.


Youth engagement leads to increased academic performance and improved social-emotional well being.


Enrichment activities provide mentees with opportunity to explore new activities, develop new skills, and interact with their peers outside of the classroom.


At the center of all of this is mentoring our youth, which leads to an increase in positive behaviors, better attitudes towards schools, and improved relationships with their parents.

SSMP is currently operating in 21 schools across the District. The list of schools includes:

  • Rudolph Blankenburg Elementary
  • E. W Rhodes Elementary School
  • Thomas Mifflin School
  • Wagner Middle School
  • G.W. Childs Elementary School
  • Ethan Allan School
  • Andrew Hamilton School
  • Overbrook Elementary School
  • Allen M. Stearne Elementary School
  • C.W. Henry School
  • William Tilden Middle School
  • Paul Dunbar School
  • Mary McLeod Bethune School
  • Robert Morris School
  • Roberto Clemente Middle School
  • Benjamin Comegys Elementary
  • John Bartram High School
  • Jay Cooke Elementary School
  • Edward Steel Elementary School
  • Kenderton Elementary School