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By sharing fun activities and exposing a child to new experiences, mentors encourage positive choices, promote high self-esteem, support academic achievement and introduce their mentee to new ideas.
Clarke County Mentor Program
  April 2013 Newsletter

What Do Mentors and Mentees Do During School Visits?

Larkin and Dakota in Sensory Room

Larkin Whittaker is a 3rd-year pre-med student at UGA. He volunteers for a number of different groups, but reports that "mentoring is my favorite." He has been surprised at the number of resources at Barnett Shoals Elementary School. "Dakota and I eat lunch together, check out books at the library, play in his school’s sensory room (a big playroom with a ball pit, I wish I had one at my elementary school), and feed the school’s goats, sheep, and chickens. It reminds me of what life was like at his age and how many exciting things one is learning every day. I have greatly enjoyed the time I’ve shared with my mentee, and I encourage others around me to join the program."

Legacy Mentors

Are you a mentor either graduating from UGA or leaving our community for work or other reasons? It is a real plus for mentees if you find a potential "legacy mentor" to continue the work you have begun with your mentee. Of course that person would need to go through the Mentor Program's training and background check, but you may have a chance to arrange a meeting and ease the transition.

Clarke College Readiness

We are delighted to announce a summer enrichment opportunity for rising 9th-12th grade mentees sponsored by the Clarke County Mentor Program, the Clarke County School District, and UGA's J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. From July 25-27 (Thurs.-Sat.), mentees will have a "college experience" at UGA which includes tours, college classes, information on preparing for college and financial aid, college-student counselors, performances, teambuilding, career exploration PLUS staying in dorms, eating in dining halls, Legion Pool, Movie Night, etc. Mentors will join their mentees if possible for the activities on Saturday, July 27.

There is no charge for this program, thanks to donor support. For more information and an application (due April 26), contact

Intern Position Announced

Are you a college student already mentoring for CCMP who is looking for a Fall 2013 internship (24 hours/week?) As an intern for CCMP, you would gain experience in communications, program assessment, fundraising, public speaking and nonprofit administration. If interested in applying, please email

Climbing or Painting?

kids are climbing the walls and in the art studio

The final mentor-mentee events of this school year will take place on the weekend of April 20-21.

  • Saturday, April 20; 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Active Climbing – 665 Barber St.
  • Sunday, April 21; 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Pints & Paints – 675 Pulaski St. (Leathers Bldg.)
  • For anyone who can hold a paintbrush! Take home your canvas at the end.
  • ✶✶funded by CCMP's Cultural Fund, a bequest from a donor interested in the arts✶✶

These events are free for mentors and mentees. RSVP by April 16; we need a minimum number of sign-ups to go ahead with the activity. Space is limited. As with all outside-school activities you choose to do with your mentee, we recommend you get permission in writing from your mentee's parent or guardian. For the climbing event, there will be an additional Active Climbing permission form, and we need to know if mentors plan to climb or watch.

Books Available for Summer Reading

Fight "summer slide," give your mentee a book to read during the summer! If you are interested, email and we will email you a list of available books.

Spring Fling

Kids with DARE trailer

Thanks again to Athens Elks Lodge 790, Forever Young, and all the mentors who brought their mentees to our Spring Fling.


Thanks to Our Sponsors

Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
Athens Regional Health System
Bell's Food Stores
Ed Benson
Carson Advisory Inc.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Fire and Flavor
Betty & Davis Fitzgerald Foundation
Georgia Power Foundation

Kroger Foundation
Lois & Lucy Lampkin Foundation
The Newland Family Foundation
Publix Super Markets Charities
Sentry Self Storage
St. Mary's Heath Care System
Trinity Accounting Group
Wells Fargo

The Adsmith
Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust
Cofer’s Home & Garden
Clarke County Democratic Committee

Doherty, Duggan & Rouse
Georgia United Credit Union
Jackson Spalding
Jittery Joe’s Coffee

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  Clarke County Mentor Program

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.