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 2012 Newsletter

Mentor/Mentee Cookout
More than 60 mentors and mentees had fun at the cookout, including games and painting/planting flower pots for assisted-living residents.

Debra Little Mentors Because….

“I have a passion for our youth.” Debra has 4 children and 8 grandchildren, and has been a constant adult figure in the lives of young people in her neighborhood, but 5 years ago she took on another child – a 7th-grade mentee. This week, Brianna will graduate from high school! Debra’s mentoring has changed through the years; in the early years, they read and discussed books, worked on projects, and just sat and talked. With a busy high school schedule, it is harder (and “less cool”) to get together at school. Debra learned how to text from Brianna, goes to her concerts (school band, church group and a sibling band) and attends church with her. As Debra says about her “shy, brilliant and talented” mentee, “Brianna has won a place in my heart. I have learned so much more from her than I could ever teach her.”

Thank You Mentors!!!!

During the 2011-2012 school year, over 500 mentors have completed more than 6,000 visits with their mentees – listening, guiding and goal-setting to help young people become successful adults. While CCMP is grateful to ALL our mentors, we would like to recognize some of our mentors who have frequent mentor-mentee visits. Quality and quantity are not the same, but it takes time and consistency to build a strong relationship with a young person.

Note: If you see your mentee outside of school, we may not know of the frequency of your visits; keep us informed! Also, some mentors started mid-year, and have been consistent since they began; we expect to see them recognized here next year after a full year of mentoring.

PLATINUM – Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these mentors from the completion of their visits, often more than once each week.

  Marlene Bryan
Trenton Dittmer
Katherine Downs
Brittany Flanagan
  David Hine
John Langone
Virginia McKenna
Ethan Nichols
  Lisa Oelke
Debbie Perry
Jamie Timmie
Joe Turnell

GOLD – Week in and week out, these mentors find room in their busy schedules for frequent visits to their mentees.

  Natalie Arford
Colson Barnes
Beverly Barnett
Caroline Baudrand
Heather Benamy
Barbara Benson
Kyle Blocher
Emily Boness
Staci Bregman
Sara Bromley
Bob Brunson
Ryan Brush
Bob Burton
Misty Canup
Erinn Cohen
Crystal Cotrell
Ashley Edge
  Lindsay Hall
Smith Haverty
Samuel Hine
April Hobbs
Ainsley Holyfield
Kaitlyn Hyde
Francesca Iannaccone
Annette Jackson
Lindsay Kaiser
Rachel Kasten
Kim Kersey
Rhonda Kilpatrick
Rachel Kushner
Mary Lynn Lane
Erica Lescht
Mildred Lyle
  Janet Martin
Donna McGinty
Chandler Melton
Barbara Michalove
Maggie Napoli
Jamie Nussbaum
Melissa Peterson
Jamie Silverboard
Adina Solomon
Tod Stewart
T.J. Strott
James Sturtevant
Lauren Sullivan
Grace Thornton
Virginia Van Ingen
Mary Wade

SILVER – These mentors are consistent and conscientious about visiting their mentees.

  Manju Amin
Takiyah Ball
Gisela Barrios
Nicholas Bedo
Myra Blackmon
Dana Blair
Katie Brown
Mark Campbell
Emily Cardillo
C.R. Chisholm
Josh Connell
Emily Cunningham
Tate Fredrickson
Talia Hammonds
Caroline Haugabook
Marcus Head
Jessi Heath
  Savannah Highsmith
Tim Hinkle
Catherine Holden
Elizabeth Holmes
Kate Houghton
Helen Kalla
Lindsey Kromer
Marisa Laudidcina
Lauren Lukaszewicz
Lindsay Lunday
Hannah Machemehl
Elizabeth Mackey
Lindsey Major
Kristina Mimbs
Melissa Morgan
Jenna Nobles
Michael Nuckles
  Red Petrovs
Joelle Pettus
Colleen Reilly
Jessica Ryle
Fredrick Sewell
Brooke Shedd
Kaylee Simon
Sheila Sweeny
Jeanetta Tankson
Hadley Thompson
Lily Waldron
Molly Weinberg
Elizabeth Whatley
Kate Willis
Kennan Wood
Tiffanie Woodley

CCMP School Contact Persons Recognized

l-r Selena Blankenship, Principal, and Kim Turner, recipient of CCMP “Rising Star” Award (Hilsman Middle School). Not pictured: Vance Sims, School Contact Person of the Year (Gaines Elementary School)

Ever wonder how CCMP can manage a 500-mentor program with just 2 part-time staff? Here’s how – every school in the Clarke County District has a “School Contact Person” (usually the School Counselor) who serves as a liaison to CCMP. This person matches trained mentors with students at their school, provides on-site support for mentors and much more.

End of Year Volunteer Recognition Events at …

Chase Elementary School

Timothy Elementary School

Raffle Drawing for Alice in Chains-autographed electric guitar (custom built by Robbie Smith) postponed until June 24 during AthFest.

Raffle Tickets ($3 or 2/$5) available at Wuxtry and CCMP

Mentoring – a great volunteer opportunity for churches

In the past few months, we have partnered with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and Athens Church to provide mentor training for interested members of their congregations. We are in the planning stages with Green Acres Baptist Church. Please contact us at 706-549-6800, x.227 for more information.

Fall Mentor Training

You may attend a mentor training session on August 21, September 11, October 9 or November 13. Trainings are from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition to learning the nuts and bolts of being a mentor, you will also hear from a Clarke County School District representative about our students and our schools, and from a current mentor about their experiences. Remember, if your group has 12 or more interested people, we can plan a training at the date, time and place convenient for you.


Thanks to Our 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.