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

January, 2011

Paula ShiltonDirector’s Message

The Clarke County Mentor Program will celebrate its Twentieth Anniversary in March, 2011. I am excited to become the Director of an organization with such a solid base of support in our community. While much has changed in the past two decades, what has remained constant is the commitment of our Board of Directors, donors, the Athens Chamber of Commerce, the Clarke County School District, and, most important, the mentors who devote an hour each week to make a difference in the life of a child. As a 14-year-old mentee wrote about her mentor of six years:

“My mentor has always been there for me, giving me constant support, and encouraging me to give my best at every task… When I grow up and … become some little second grader’s mentor I will try to instill in her good values … and give her lots of encouragement just like my mentor has done for me.”

– Paula Shilton

Clarke County Mentor ProgramAs we end 2010:

• Approximately 350 mentors are serving as role models, motivators, and friends to their mentees, interacting with them regularly at school and in the community.

• Every school has a waiting list of children who would like to have a mentor. Recruitment efforts are vigorous and ongoing.

• The growing emphasis in the School District on test scores and graduation rates requires mentors to be more flexible in when they get together with their mentees.

• We are working to improve communication with mentors and School Contact Persons, to share information, provide additional support, and streamline tracking of mentors and mentees.

• We are striving to improve data collection and evaluation efforts, to improve the mentor program, better describe the success we see among mentees, and make a more convincing case to potential funders.

Congratulations and Announcements

Tracy Yang, who has mentored at Alps Road Elementary for two years, has received the prestigious Rhodes scholarship. We’re proud of you, Tracy!

Amy Regan, a mentor at Barrow Elementary for four years, is the UGA Campus Campaign Coordinator for Teach for America. She will join TFA next year, and is recruiting other UGA students, “who would make excellent candidates because they already show dedication to improving a child’s education.” 770-845-9269

Thank you to all mentors who filled out our Events Survey, and the more comprehensive survey about your mentoring experience emailed to you in November. We will have results in our next newsletter.

Jennifer Detwiler, Alpha Delta Pi, is working to increase the number of members among sorority and fraternity members at UGA. She needs the help of other active mentors from the Greek system to spread the word and conduct orientation sessions. Please contact her at

CCMP now has its own website, thanks to CCMP Board Member Kirk Smith, owner of The Adsmith. Please visit for announcements and updates.

The next Mentor Training session will take place on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce Building. Please spread the word.

What Activities Can I Do With My Mentor?

Need a break from the school lunchroom? Scratching your head to think of activities that would appeal to your adolescent mentee? Here are some suggestions.

Check the Clarke County School District Calendar for events at your mentee’s school that you might attend (fairs, breakfasts, science night, field day, assemblies, etc.)

The Clarke County Mentor Program’s Cultural Fund is able to pay for you and your mentee to attend events (plays, concerts, performances, exhibits, etc.) throughout the year. Please call or email Terry Baez (549-6895) in advance about your proposed activity. We’ll need your ticket stubs and receipts in order to reimburse you.

MLK Day of Service – Monday, January 17, 2011. Kick off Breakfast at Morton Theatre; service projects 10:00-1:00 p.m. Register at

Colleges in Your Backyard program for students in grades 8-12. Sunday, January 16, 2011, 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the UGA Chapel. Sponsored by the UGA Office of Admissions to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The program gives students and parents from the Clarke County area the opportunity to learn more about post secondary options in the community, and obtain admissions and financial aid information; representatives from Gainesville, Piedmont, Athens Tech, and UGA will attend.

HandsOn Northeast Georgia is starting up YOUthServe, monthly service opportunities and a service-learning leadership program for top and high school students. This is a great opportunity for mentors to spend time with their students while serving the community. Contact

A limited number of free tickets to sports events are available for you and your mentee.
Sat., Feb. 5, 1:30 p.m. – Men’s Basketball vs. Auburn
Sat., March 12, 4:00 p.m. – Women’s Gymnastics vs. Michigan
Please call or email Terry Baez (549-6895) for reservations.

Activities targeted to a range of ages (school-age children through teens) are described at This site also contains links to calendars for ACC Leisure Services, Athens Visitors Bureau, Georgia Museum of Art, Clarke County School District, and the Library.

Clarke County Mentor ProgramIn-School Mentors

Thanks for making time to see your mentee at his/her school. In the month of November, over 300 mentors made in-school visits. Don’t forget to sign in EVERY TIME YOU VISIT. We need accurate date to help make our case with potential funders of the CCMP.

With the increasing push for students to improve test scores and graduate from high school – – which we all support – – students’ daily schedules are less flexible than in the past. In addition to lunch, recess, and special periods (e.g. “Connections”), take another look at the period from 2:45-6:00 pm. The Clarke County School District has received a “21st Century Grant” which includes a range of after-school activities, enrichment as well as tutoring, that hundreds of students attend each afternoon. Ask your School Contact Person; your mentee may be eligible or may already attend.

Clarke County Mentor Program
Outside-School Mentors

Currently, we have no method for documenting who sees their mentee outside of school, and how often. We need accurate data to help make our case with potential funders of the CCMP. In the near future, we plan to have a section on our new website where you can log in each time you have contact with your mentee outside school.

Sponsors 2009/2010:

Anonymous (2)
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
Athens Janitor Supply
Athens Regional Medical Center
Bell’s Food Store
Charles Carter, D.D.S.
Community & Southern Bank
Community Water Management
Cook, Noell, Tolley & Bates LLP
Dalton Carpet One
Epting Events

Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Fire and Flavor
Georgia Power
Heyward Allen Motor Company
Jackson EMC Operation Roundup
The National Bank of Georgia
Newland Family Foundation
RW Allen
Sentry Self Storage
St. Mary’s Heath Care System
Walton EMC Operation Roundup

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

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.