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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
Summer 2012 Newsletter – Annual Report Edition

Director’s Report
The Clarke County Mentor Program has just concluded a very successful Fiscal Year 2011-2012. We are proud of our accomplishments – – highlights listed below – – which were attained through the hard work of a dedicated team: 2 part-time staff, 18 Board members, 20 School Contact People and, most important, our volunteer mentors. We appreciate the invaluable support of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, the Clarke County School District and our generous donors.

  • 385 new mentors received training
  • 562 mentors visited their mentees
  • Over 6,500 mentor/mentee visits took place
  • 20 Clarke County schools supported mentors and mentees
  • 20 mentor training sessions were held
  • 17 presentations about CCMP were given to community groups
  • 5 mentor/mentee group events took place (social, cultural, academic, athletic and service)
  • 162 people attended the CCMP Fundraising Breakfast
  • Income was 118% of projected; expenses were 99% of projected
  • 132 individuals, 25 businesses and 10 foundations contributed to CCMP; please contact CCMP for complete list

What mentors and mentees say…

Mildred Lyle has been mentoring for over 15 years, and has been with Jamilah, her second mentee, since Kindergarten. They are pictured at Jamilah’s 5th grade graduation, where she won several awards. Mildred thinks mentoring is an excellent way to invest time in a student’s education and development. It has been very rewarding, and she looks forward to continuing. Mildred also volunteers with St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary. Prior to her retirement, she held positions at the Clarke County Department of Family and Children Services, and at Athens First Bank and Trust.

C.R. Chisholm began mentoring Juwan when he was in the 8th grade. Juwan graduated from Clarke Central in May, and has already begun attending Georgia State University on the Hope Scholarship. Juwan says that he and his mentor have a close bond, and that C.R. has exposed him to different viewpoints and helped him learn how to handle different situations. “He listens to what I have to say. He has taught me how to be a better man.” C.R. Chisholm has been a CCMP Board member since 2009, and is Board President-elect.

Savannah Highsmith began mentoring during her freshman year at UGA, and graduated from UGA at the same time Caroline graduated from elementary school! “Caroline is already a smart and wonderful child, but I think it helps to have someone older there to vouch for you … to help build and maintain self-esteem. Crafts are our go-to activity. We also have a yearly tradition where we predict Oscar winners though we have seen hardly any of the movies … we always do horribly. She pokes fun at me for my crazy color-coded planner and being way too organized. After my first few months of mentoring I didn’t feel like I was making much of an impact, until I saw a school assignment where she had listed me as her ‘best friend.’ Every trip I had made to her school and all the hours I put in were worth it.”

CCMP Board Members Recognized

CCMP thanks our Board members who are rotating off the Board: Ryan Brinson, Misty Canup, Janey Cooley, Kevin Epps and Joe Turnell. We also honor our Board member Vance Sims, School Counselor at Gaines Elementary School, who was recognized at a meeting of the Clarke County Board of Education for being CCMP’s School Contact Person of the Year, along with Kim Turner, School Counselor at Hilsman Middle School, who received the School Contact Person Rising Star Award.

We welcome the new members joining the CCMP Board of Directors:

Dianne Campbell, Dean of Business, Athens Technical College; Brian Gaydica, Corporate Communications Manager, Athens Regional Medical Center; Lillian Kincey, retired Clarke County School District employee and small business owner; Penny Mills, retired Administrator, Gainesville State College; Charles “Buddy” Parrish, Pastor, Green Acres Baptist Church.


The Clarke County Mentor Program is an in-school program, but some mentors, with parent/guardian permission, choose to do activities in the community with their mentees. Here are some ideas, free unless otherwise specified:

  • Georgia Museum of Art (UGA): Southern Folk Art exhibit and much more
  • Georgia Museum of Natural History (UGA): 10:00-4:00 weekdays, noon-3:oo Saturdays
  • Athens Farmers Market: Wednesdays 4:00-7:00 at City Hall or Saturdays 8:00-12:00 at Bishop Park
  • Bear Hollow Zoo: Open Exhibit Hall Saturdays 1:00-4:00
  • UGA Special Collections Library Tours: Tuesdays at 2:00
  • Sandy Creek Nature Center: Family Fishing, July 12, 6:00-7:30, $7/family, equipment provided, pre-reg required
  • Sandy Creek Park: Family Time Paddles, July 21 or Aug. 18, 9:00-11:00 AM, $8/family, boats provided, pre-reg required
  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia: Athens Brass Choir Concert, August 5, 3:00-4:00
  • Miller’s Blueberry Farm ($2/lb. You Pick), Watkinsville: Tues.–Sat. through mid-August

Thanks to our 2011-2012 Sponsors

The Adsmith
The Annexstad Family Foundation
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
Athens Regional Health System
Bell’s Food Stores
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
The Newland Family 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.
Athens Social Media
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

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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.