At Bancroft Elementary School in the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District, students and families are joining in a partnership with the San Diego County District Attorney’s office. The program will provide positive mentors, tutoring, and community events.
The program came to be after Camden Flores, a 2018 San Diego County Teacher of the Year who has taught in the La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools for more than 20 years, shared her personal story that included how powerful mentors helped her to achieve her dreams. Hearing Flores’ story, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan was immediately interested in how her team could be involved in mentorship opportunities and outreach with families at Bancroft Elementary School.
Sept. 7, the San Diego County District Attorney’s team attended “Power League Family Night” at Bancroft Elementary School. Bancroft Principal Kim Libenguth engaged with families and the DA’s team as she welcomed all to the school for this opportunity, which also included dinner and games for the whole family, as well as a meet and greet with the team from the DA’s office. Stephan shared with families her beliefs around the power of building strong, connected, and healthy community partnerships.
In October, students from Bancroft Elementary will be paired with mentors and will begin operating “Power League” after school on Fridays. Mentors from the DA’s office and community will work with children on academic and social skills. Principal Libenguth, Flores, and the entire Bancroft team are excited about the positive partnerships being formed with community and the DA’s office. The San Diego County District Attorney’s office hopes to expand the program to additional elementary schools in the San Diego area.