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
February 2012 Newsletter
 

Fundraising Breakfast

On January 26, 165 community members gathered at the Mentor Program’s Fundraising Breakfast to make a donation/pledge to the program, consider becoming a mentor, and/or renew their commitment to the program as a Board member, Clarke County School District staff person or mentor. We were reminded about the importance of mentoring by our speakers – – Coach Leroy Ryals, writer/mentor Myra Blackmon and school counselor Vance Sims. We appreciate the outpouring of support from our community.

Winter Carnival

We had a blast at the Mentor/Mentee Winter Carnival sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. Activities included relay races, contests, a Smoothie Bar, an Eating Contest (fruit only! no hot dogs!) and displays about healthy eating and staying active. Special thanks to our many volunteers from : Forever Young, Terry College ILA class, Alpha Lambda Delta academic honor society, GHSU/UGA Medical Partnership, Clarke County Health Department and CCMP Board.

Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual Mentor/Mentee Cookout at Memorial Park. Sunday, April 22, 1:00-3:00 PM.

Make a Friend While Making a Difference

Did you know that one of the most important “Developmental Assets” (building blocks of healthy child development identified by the Search Institute) is whether or not a child receives support from adults other than his or her parents? In just one hour each week, you can be that extra interested adult in a child’s life.

Upcoming Mentor Training Sessions
Thursday, February 16 OR Tuesday, March 20
6:00-8:00PM Athens Area Chamber of Commerce

Meet Caroline and Graham

After two months of being mentored by Caroline, Graham said: “I don’t care if you come to see me or not.” After three years of mentoring, she frequently says, “I wish you didn’t have to go; when will you be back?” Caroline Baudrand began mentoring because she thought she could make a difference in a child’s life and clearly she has.

Caroline is a senior at UGA majoring in Dietetics and Marketing. She has been an officer in Chi Omega, as well as with Forever Young, the UGA student organization affiliated with the Clarke County Mentor Program. In 3 years of being mentored, Graham has gained confidence, and learned a lot about being patient with, and kind to, others. Most often Graham and Caroline just sit and chat about whatever is on Graham’s mind, catching up on events from the past week. Caroline follows her lead, watching for what engages Graham. They especially like to read and color together.

In Caroline’s words, “Mentoring makes us realize how great the impact of the simple act of donating your time to a child can be.”

 

Dawn Meyers to Conduct Follow-Up Training Session for Mentors

“Challenges in Mentoring: Emotional and Physical Health Issues in our Mentees’ Lives”
Thursday, February 23, 6:30-7:30 PM, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dawn Meyers is Director of Social Work Services for the Clarke County School District. In this session, she’ll touch on a number of challenges that you will probably never need to deal with, but which you might like to be more informed about, just in case: from delicate topics (hygiene, peer pressure, self image, stress) to issues of concern (depression, substance abuse, unsafe sex, eating disorders) to actual crisis situations (suicidal thoughts, abuse/neglect, harassment) and any other issues of interest to participants. RSVP: mentor@athensga.com.

   

Thanks to Our Sponsors

The Adsmith
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
Athens Regional Health Services
Bell’s Food Store
Ed Benson
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Fire and Flavor
Frances Wood Wilson Foundation
Georgia Power Foundation

Jackson EMC Foundation
Junior League of Athens
Kaiser Permanente
Kroger Foundation
Publix Super Markets Charities
Sentry Self Storage
St. Mary’s Heath Care System
Trinity Accounting Group
Walton EMC Foundation



Athens First Bank & Trust Co.
Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust
Carson Advisory Inc.
Charles J. Carter, D.D.S.
Cook, Noell, Tolley & Bates LLP
Doherty, Duggan, & Rouse
Flory/ Stabb Family

Heyward Allen Cadillac Buick
GMC Toyota Scion

Jackson Spalding
National Bank of Georgia
Sam’s Club
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.