Communities In Schools of Jacksonville operates two different mentoring programs:  Achievers For Life and ReaLife.

Achievers For Life (AFL) is a dropout prevention initiative developed and funded by the United Way of Northeast Florida, in partnership with Communities In Schools of Jacksonville along with Jewish Family and Community Services to carry out the Achievers For Life strategy in Duval County.

Achievers For Life targets sixth grade students exhibiting risk factors of school disengagement including low GPAs, low FCAT scores and excessive absences. Achievers For Life provides integrated, safety net services to students and families at eight middle schools in Duval County.

ReaLife is a high school mentoring program funded by a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The students in this program are at risk of dropping out or entering the Juvenile Justice System for the first or second time and are already connected to Communities In Schools. ReaLife’s mission is to provide Communities In Schools students with the tools they need to set goals, dream bigger, and enhance their employability through mentoring relationships.

A mentor is simply someone who can listen and help students make better decisions while letting them know that someone cares for them and wants them to succeed.

Students are matched with pre-screened mentors. These mentors are caring adult volunteers from the community who meet with their students on campus, one hour per week during the school year.  Our mentoring programs are designed to develop the necessary skills and behaviors among targeted students so they will be promoted on-time and be successful in school and beyond.

Where can I mentor?

-Achievers for Life is in eight Duval County Middle Schools: Arlington, Ft. Caroline, Matthew Gilbert, JEB Stuart, Jefferson Davis, Northwestern, Ribault and Stilwell.

– ReaLife is in three Duval County High Schools: Ed White, Wolfson and Terry Parker.

How can I become a Mentor?

– If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, you can download a mentor application from the Volunteer or Mentor page. Once completed, email the application to our Mentor Coordinator,,  fax it to 904-366-6360 or mail it to the Communities In Schools office. Once received, you will be contacted to schedule training and background screening. Once cleared, the mentor will be matched with a student.