Mentor Center

  • The Mentor Center is a face-to-face, drop-in resource center for middle and high school students to receive academic, social-emotional, and technology support. The center supports students with academic staff, mental health professionals, and on-site technical assistance. To further enhance the learning environment, enrichment activity centers are embedded and focused on art, music, STEM, and social-emotional activities. Free snacks and grab-and-go cold meals are available and provided by the Grand Forks Public Schools Child Nutrition Department.

    For upcoming programming, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

    Where is the Mentor Center located?

    Our address is 725 Hamline St., Room 1200. We are south of the UND Bookstore on the south end of the Family Medicine Residency. We have our own entrance on 6th Avenue North; look for the sign that says Clinical Education Center.  There is an easy drop-off location at the bus stop.

    Do we need to make an appointment?

    Nope! The Mentor Center is a walk-in facility. Our hours are Mondays-Thursdays from 1-8 p.m., Fridays from 1-5 p.m., and Saturdays from 12-4 p.m.
    If you want to work with a specific employee or need specialized tutoring for a higher-level class, please contact us by emailing rdavid130@mygfschools.org or calling 701-215-5484 so we can find a time that works for you.

    What can I do at the Mentor Center?

    You can use one of our quiet study spaces (private or small group), get help with your school technology device, spend time with one of our social-emotional support specialists, work with a tutor, hang out, play games, create art, or participate in one of the many activities we will be hosting. We will share events here on our webpage and with schools as they are scheduled.

    Who is eligible to utilize the Mentor Center?

    Great question! Any middle or high school student enrolled at Grand Forks Public Schools can utilize the Mentor Center.

    Is there a cost for using the Mentor Center?

    Nope! The program is financially supported by the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. The fund, created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), allows the governor to provide support to local educational agencies and institutions of higher education to develop and improve the availability of distance/remote learning techniques and technologies. In collaboration with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, the governor’s office released a competitive grant program to support the unique challenges and inspire innovative practices associated with providing educational opportunities and local needs.

COVID-19-Related Protocols

    • Only students and essential visitors are allowed inside the building.
    • Masks are mandatory. No mask? No problem! Please pick up a disposable mask inside our front door.
    • Six feet of physical distancing will be utilized.
    • Spaces have been measured and room capacities posted.
    • Hand sanitizers have been placed throughout the building.
    • Private study spaces are available.

Upcoming Programming

  • Sessions for February 22nd-27th:

    • Thursday at 7:30 p.m.: Stretch, Relax, & Chill - Guided relaxation exercises to help slow down the mind, unwind and get good rest. 
    • Friday at 3:30 p.m.: Craft Group - Hands-on activities with meaningful lessons and dialogue.
    • Saturday at 1 p.m.: Yoga -  Stretching, movement, and balance exercises for the mind and body. 

    Sessions for March 1st-6th:

    • Monday at 6 p.m.: Craft Group - Hands-on activities with meaningful lessons and dialogue. 
    • Monday at 7:30 p.m.: Stretch, Relax, & Chill - Guided relaxation exercises to help slow down the mind, unwind and get good rest. 
    • Tuesday at 5 p.m.: Positive Self-Perception - Developing a positive view of self.
    • Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.: Stretch, Relax, & Chill - Guided relaxation exercises to help slow down the mind, unwind and get good rest. 
    • Wednesday at 4 p.m.: Thinking About Thinking -  Practicing self-awareness and mindfulness
    • Wednesday at 5 p.m.: The Optimistic Altruistic - A Group for teens with a focus on self-positivity and compassion to others.
    • Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.: Stretch, Relax, & Chill - Guided relaxation exercises to help slow down the mind, unwind and get good rest. 
    • Thursday at 5 p.m.: Positive Self-Perception - Developing a positive view of self.  
    • Thursday at 7:30 p.m.: Stretch, Relax, & Chill - Guided relaxation exercises to help slow down the mind, unwind and get good rest. 
    • Friday at 3:30 p.m.: Craft Group - Hands-on activities with meaningful lessons and dialogue.

Address & Hours

  • 725 Hamline St., Room 1200, Grand Forks, ND 58203

    Hours:

    • Monday-Thursday: 1-8 p.m.
    • Friday: 1-5 p.m.
    • Saturday: 12-4 p.m.

Map & Directions

Parking & Busing Information

  • Parking

    Student parking for the Mentor Center is indicated in the red rectangle below. The parking spots are adjacent to the University of North Dakota Bookstore. Signs have been posted in the parking lot.

    Mentor Center Parking


    Busing Information

    The City of Grand Forks City Area Transit (CAT) has several routes that serve the Hamline & University stop, including:

    Please see the City of Grand Forks City Area Transit website for a full list of routes and schedules. 

Mentor Center Coordinator

Referrals

  • All students are welcome to come to the Mentor Center any time. If you'd like our Mentor Center staff to reach out to a student or family, please fill out the referral form and we'll extend a personal invitation.

    The online form is available here.

Policies

  • As a drop-in facility, the Mentor Center will monitor students' arrivals and departures. Parents/Guardians wishing to be notified of their student's departures should reach out to the Mentor Center to set up arrangements.

    Some optional Mentor Center programming will involve off-site activities nearby reached on foot. All activities will be supervised by staff. Parents/Guardians who do not want their student to participate should contact the Mentor Center.