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
May, 2011

Clarke County Mentor Program by the numbers

In the 2010-2011 School Year…

5,000+ visits with mentees
500+ mentors visited their mentees at school
249 new mentors were trained
232 attendees at Twentieth Anniversary Celebration Breakfast
60 individual and business donors (to be listed in 6/30/11 Annual Report)
26 generous sponsors
20 Clarke County Schools with active mentors
16 dedicated Board members
2 part-time staff
1 Contact Person at every CCSD school to match and support mentors

Clarke County Mentor Program in recent pictures

Top: 50 people attended the Mentor/Mentee Cookout at Memorial Park

Bottom: Award winning School Contact People with School Principals (l-r): Marie Babcock, Above and Beyond Award, Dr. Dale Rogers, Fowler Dr. Elem. School; Adam Kurtz, Cynthia Ballard, School Contact Person of the Year, Chase St. Elem.School; Xernona Thomas, Scott Emard, Rising Star Award, J.J. Harris Elem. School

Barrow After School mentors from Sigma Delta Tau with their mentees; six SDT sisters also took their mentees on a scavenger hunt to learn about downtown Athens.

Chase St. Elem. mentor recognition lunch – Clockwise from top left – Virginia with mentees (and sisters), Phillip with mentee, Chris with mentee, Joe with mentee


UGA student Catherine Prater works on Summer Reading project: 300+ books donated by Books for Keeps, and distributed to 90+ CCMP mentors to give to their mentees

What’s Next

Mentors, please let us know if you will continue mentoring your student next year.

Newsletter readers, please consider having a CCMP speaker come to your business, religious, or civic organization this summer; we need your support – – as mentors and as donors!

Board Members

Meyur Vashi, President
Nancy Vandergrift, Past President
Janey Cooley, Treasurer
Ryan Brinson
Misty Canup
C.R. Chisholm
Rusty Clifton
Stacy Conner

Kevin Epps
Jane Kidd
Nancy McDuff
Annette Ogletree-McDougal
Vance Sims
Kirk Smith
Joe Turnell
Shannon Wilder


Paula Shilton, Director

Terry Baez, Program Assistant

 Thanks to Our Sponsors

Tom and Karen Annexstad & the Annexstad Family Foundation
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
Athens Regional Health Services
Bell’s Food Store
Ed Benson
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Cook, Noell, Tolley & Bates LLP

Fire and Flavor
Georgia Power
Tom and Edwina Johnson Foundation
Jackson EMC Operation Round Up
Junior League of Athens
St. Mary’s Heath Care System
Walton EMC Operation Round Up
Young Professionals Network

Carson Advisory Inc.
Charles J. Carter, D.D.S.
Community Water Management

Heyward Allen Cadillac Buick GMC Toyota Scion
Sentry Self Storage

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.