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
  February 2013 Newsletter

Mentor Program is Planting a Seed

CCMP's Fundraising Breakfast

More than 170 people attended CCMP's recent Fundraising Breakfast – – sponsors, mentors, mentees, Board members, Clarke County School District staff, community partners, and donors. Keynote speaker Curtis Carver, Vice Chancellor & CIO with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, stated "This mentor/mentee relationship is something that should be taken seriously, because it's planting a very deep seed that will blossom and change someone's life." While working at West Point, he and his wife began mentoring several cadets with whom they maintain close ties.

CCMP Board member and mentor Katherine Downs described the growth of her mentoring relationship with Jackie from 7th through 12th grade. They have shared lunches as well as straight talk about family, boys, mean girls and stress. They have also practiced driving and visited colleges, and throughout, it is the time together that they cherish most. Chase Street Elementary School Counselor Cynthia Ballard said, "If I could match every student in my school with a mentor, I would! I truly believe that everyone, young and old, could benefit from having additional support from a mentor; having someone else who is in their corner, rooting them on."

Explore UGA for Middle-School Mentees and Their Mentors

The 2nd Annual Explore UGA event, organized in cooperation with the UGA Department of Admissions, will take place on Thursday, February 21, 4:00-7:30 PM. The purpose of the event is two-fold: to expose our early-adolescent mentees to the idea of attending college and what to do to prepare for college; and, to provide a sample of the activities that mentor/mentee pairs can do on the UGA campus. The event includes a tour of the UGA Art Museum, a presentation by UGA Admissions staff, dinner at East Campus Village and a tour of the Ramsey Center. There is no charge for this event. Mentors are responsible for transporting their mentee from their middle school and to the mentee's home. Space is limited and we will accept reservations in the order in which they are received. RSVP

Mark Your Calendars:

Mentor Training Sessions

  • Wednesday, February 13 OR Tuesday March 19, 6:00-8:00 PM, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Tuesday, February 26, 6:30-8:30 PM, Tate Center at UGA

Spring Fling

  • Sunday, March 3, 1:00-3:00 PM, Hilsman Middle School

Games and refreshments for mentors and mentees, co-sponsored by CCMP, Forever Young, and Athens Elks Lodge 790


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
Athens Social Media
Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust
Clarke County Democratic Committee

Doherty, Duggan & Rouse
Georgia United Credit Union
Jackson Spalding

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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.