The Reaching Out Mentoring Program (ROMP)

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Susie Rexius is the Reaching Out Mentoring Program Coordinator. She can be reached at, or (541) 736-0495

The Reaching Out Mentoring Program began with twelve students between grades 5 and 8 at Pleasant Hill Middle School and over the next three years expanded into the Pleasant Hill Elementary & High Schools.

In 2008 ROMP branched out to neighboring South Lane School District, opening a Mentor Center at Lincoln Middle School and eventually at Cottage Grove High School.

Volunteer mentors for ROMP are screened, trained and carefully matched with students nominated by school staff or family members. ROMP serves Pleasant Hill students by providing one-on-one mentoring by adult volunteers. ROMP also trains and supervises high school students mentoring elementary students via "Buddy Groups."

Today ROMP mentors and assists over 60 students between grades Kindergarten and twelve in the Pleasant Hill area. We partner with the district who refers students and provides space to operate the Mentor Centers located in the Pleasant Hill Community Center.

Our mentoring is designed to help students succeed in their current class work, prepare for high school success, and make plans for future academic pursuits – vocational school or college. Our vision is to support disadvantaged students in the rural areas of Lane County by providing mentoring and academic assistance, by connecting high school and elementary school students through our buddy program, and by building a stronger, proactive relationship between students and their community.

  • We ask all our mentors to commit to meeting with a youth for a minimum of one hour a week for at least one academic school year.
  • Our Mentor Centers are stuffed full of activities. We have games, arts and crafts, computers, a lending library, sports equipment, and snacks. You can come with activities you would like to do with your youth OR come and find something in the Mentor Center you and your mentee would like to do together.
  • We offer three or four field trips a year for the entire mentor/mentee group, and we will purchase tickets for local theater productions, athletic events, museum passes or other ideas that you may have.
  • Mentors and their families are asked to attend one of our three Family Connection Events. This is an opportunity to have the mentor and youth’s families come together and get to know one-another in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.
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