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 their mentee to new ideas.
Clarke County Mentor Program
  Clarke County Mentor Program Newsletter
December, 2011

What Do Mentees Say About the Mentor Program?

“Katie is always open and willing to do stuff with me. She is fun and makes me laugh. We go shopping, swimming, play video games and visit the library. She has taught me how to deal with different situations, how to handle school and how to hold a cat. She is the sister I never had.”

Winter Carnival for Mentors and Mentees Planned

Thanks to a generous donation from Kaiser Permanente, and in cooperation with UGA’s “Forever Young” organization, we are planning a fun (and healthy!) get-together for mentors and mentees. This event will be held on Sunday, January 22, from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Barrow Elementary School Gym. There will be active games, Zumba, healthy snacks, goodie bags and door prizes, and a variety of health-related activities and information (blood pressure checks, nutrition and exercise, avoiding the flu/other illness) as well as the opportunity to sign a Pledge for a Healthier 2012.


Coach Leroy Ryals to Speak at CCMP Fundraising Breakfast

Congratulations to Coach Ryals and the Clarke Central Gladiators for making it to the 2nd round of the State Championships. Coach Ryals has been a mentor as well as a mentee, and we are pleased that he will speak at our Fundraising Breakfast on Thursday, January 26, 2012, 7:30 AM at the Holiday Inn. Coach Ryals is in his 6th year as Head Coach at CCHS, and previously coached in both high school and college settings. His coaching approach is based on his “4th Quarter Program” that includes the components he deems essential to success on and off the field: commitment, discipline, toughness, effort and pride. This program also has been implemented by Coach Nick Saban, first at MSU and now at UA.

The Breakfast, our major fundraising event of the year, helps us fund the recruiting, training and support of mentors. There is no admission fee, but attendees are expected to give a one-time donation or make a multi-year pledge. To receive an invitation or to RSVP, email or call 706-353-2288.


Intern Needed!

Are you a college student already mentoring for CCMP who needs an internship sometime in 2012? Are you majoring in child and family development, social work, marketing, education, public relations, nonprofit administration or a related field? As an intern for CCMP, you would gain experience in fundraising, communications, program assessment, public speaking and nonprofit administration. If interested in applying, please email

Thank You to Our Friends at UGAAA

Thank you to Robert Miles, Director of CHAMPS/Life Skills for UGAAA and CCMP Board member, for arranging tickets for mentors and mentees to attend the December 4 UGA/Georgia Tech basketball game. Thanks also to UGA athletes Georgina Nembard (track) and Aron White (football) for greeting mentees and handing out signed posters.

Save the Date for College in Your Backyard

The University of Georgia will host the third College in Your Backyard program on Sunday, January 15, 2012. This free program is geared towards high school students and their families, and will provide information about admission standards and academic programs for ALL colleges and universities in our area. There will also be opportunities to meet with representatives from these schools. Mentors are encouraged to bring their mentees, and their own children. Details will be available in the January newsletter.

Mentor Training

We continue to receive requests from our Clarke County schools for additional mentors. Mentor training sessions will be held at the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, from 6:00-8:00 PM, on the following dates: Tuesday, January 10; Thursday, February 16; OR Tuesday, March 20. If your group has 12 or more people interested in being trained, we can set up a special training session at a mutually convenient place, date and time.

January is National Mentoring Month!

The Harvard School of Public Health and the National Mentoring Partnership began National Mentoring Month in 2001 with these goals: 1) raise awareness of mentoring; 2) promote the rapid growth of mentoring in all of its forms, including workplace, school-based and faith-based mentoring; 3) advocate for federal and state mentoring support; and 4) recruit individuals to serve as mentors.

The theme for National Mentoring Month 2012 is Invest in the Future. Mentor a Child, and General Colin Powell will continue to be the national spokesperson for the initiative.

Make It a Day On, Not a Day Off, With Your Mentee

The 10th Annual Athens Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service will be held on Monday, January 16, 2012. The Kick-Off Breakfast is at 8:30 AM, followed by projects from 10:00-1:00. You and your mentee can choose from over 30 community projects, including those located at Clarke County Schools: Clarke Central, Clarke Middle, Cleveland Rd., Oglethorpe and Whit Davis. Register with Hands On Northeast Georgia.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

The Adsmith
Tom and Karen Annexstad & the Annexstad Family Foundation
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
Athens Regional Health Services
Bell’s Food Store
Ed Benson
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Cook, Noell, Tolley & Bates LLP
Fire and Flavor
Frances Wood Wilson Foundation
Georgia Power

Jackson EMC Operation Round Up
Kaiser Permanente
Tom & Edwina Johnson Foundation
Junior League of Athens
Publix Super Markets Charities
Sentry Self Storage
St. Mary’s Heath Care System
Trinity Accounting Group
Walton EMC Operation Round Up
Young Professionals Network

Athens First Bank & Trust Co.
Carson Advisory Inc.
Charles J. Carter, D.D.S.
Community Water Management

Heyward Allen Cadillac Buick
GMC Toyota Scion

National Bank of Georgia
Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust
Wells Fargo

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

  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.