It takes one person to make a difference in the life of a child.

By sharing fun activities and exposing a child to new experiences, mentors encourage positive choices, promote high self-esteem, support academic achievement and introduce the young person to new ideas.

About Us

The Mentor Program began in March, 1991, as a joint initiative of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and the Clarke County School District. Beginning with 30 mentors, the program has grown tremendously. Today, the Mentor Program trains more than 100 new volunteers each year. In any given month, approximately 400 mentors make weekly visits to meet with their mentee at one of the Clarke County Schools; over time, mentor and mentee may spend time together at a variety of community events. Some mentor-mentee pairs have been together for over a decade, continuing to meet long after the student has graduated from high school.

Clarke County Mentor Program by the numbers

In 2015-16:

  • 346 new mentors were trained

  • 654 mentors visited their mentees

  • Over 8,000 mentor/mentee visits took place

  • 21 Clarke County schools supported mentors and mentees

2016-17 Board Members

Nancy McDuff, Chair
Beau Seagraves, Vice Chair
Justin Widener, Treasurer

Alicia Battle
Dianne S. Campbell
C.R. Chisholm
Amy Cowsert
Steven Dasher
Dan DeLamater
Katherine J. Downs
Cindy Fox
Roswell Lawrence, Jr.



Mike Leggett
Alison McCullick
Robert K. Miles
Kim Ness
Ashlee Perry
Alex Sams
Shanna Jackson Sheats
Kevin Turner
Kim Turner
Roussalind Winston-Howell

Paula Shilton, Executive Director
Terry Baez, Program Assistant

Quick Facts

Our program recruits and trains volunteers to serve as mentors to students in all of our public schools, K-12 grade. They function primarily as friends. We ask for a minimum of one hour per week for one school year, with the opportunity to continue for multiple years.


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