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Mentoring
It Only Takes One Hour a Week
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 • Posted September 14, 2011

Do you want to spend one hour a week to make a difference in the life of a child? Do you want to make a contribution to a child’s life that cannot be measured? The answer for you can be as simple as volunteering to mentor a child.A short and individual training program is given to each mentor. This includes procedures and school policies. You are walked through the entire process and given a packet as a guide. Suggestions are given for the first day that you meet with your student. This preparation makes it easy to begin.Research from national and private corporations studies show that mentoring works for young people. It builds self-esteem and provides positive role models. The guidance and support they receive can help a student form important values for the rest of their lives.One of the mentors recently stated, “Seeing her eyes light up when she sees me and runs to hug me” was her favorite memory and the interaction with a young person was the reason she joined the program. Over and over, mentors say that being a “positive influence in a young person’s life” is the reason they started the program, while the reason they stay in it is because of the bond they develop with the other person.If you are interested in becoming a mentor or want further information, call Shanda Schmidt 347-1122 ext. 239 or Lisa Heath tel. 258-4472.

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