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
  January 2013 Newsletter
 

January is National Mentoring Month

How can you get involved?

  • Become a Mentor: Attend Mentor Training on Tuesday, January 15, 6:00-8:00 PM, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Participate in National Thank Your Mentor Day on January 17
  • Learn more about the Clarke County Mentor Program at our annual Fundraising Breakfast on Thursday, January 24, 7:30-8:30 AM, at the Athens Holiday Inn

For more information: www.clarkecountymentorprogram.org and www.nationalmentoringmonth.org

Community Service: Another Activity for Mentor-Mentee Pairs

The Clarke County Mentor Program is school-based, with mentors visiting their mentees at school for a game, meal, study session and/or conversation. Some mentors choose to engage in community activities with their mentees – – from attending a sports event to hiking to going out to eat. The photo shows a CCMP mentor/mentee pair participating in last spring's Global Youth Day of Service event … painting and planting flower pots for assisted living residents.

If community activities are part of your match, consider community service. Why? According to the U.S. Department of Education's Mentoring Resource Center, “All young people have much to gain from engaging in volunteer service. A quality volunteer experience can provide opportunities for young people to learn and practice new skills, develop career interests, interact with a variety of adults in positive ways, and earn respect and praise. Research has demonstrated that when youth participate in quality volunteer opportunities they are less likely to be involved in risky behaviors and more likely to feel empowered and connected to their school or community.”

The 11th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service will take place on Monday, January 21, from 9-12. Register at http://handsonnortheastgeorgia.com/athensmlk/. A Youth Permission Form is required for volunteers under age 18, and any mentor participating in community activities with his/her mentee should have written permission from that mentee's parent or guardian.

YoDawgs Loves Mentors

The owners of YoDawgs Frozen Yogurt, 723 Baxter Street, are former mentors and educators and want to support mentoring. Mention that you are a mentor with CCMP, and you will receive a 25% discount.

What's Hot? What's Not? Especially for Mentors of Adolescents

Mentoring an adolescent can be extremely rewarding, but sometimes has its frustrations. If you have ever experienced one of those get-togethers when your adolescent mentee is saying little to nothing, how about comparing notes from your and your mentee's worlds? This activity – – about entertainment, food, fashion, slang and music – – can help you get started.
http://www.mentoring.org/downloads/mentoring_1117.pdf

 
   

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.