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
September, 2011  

Upcoming Trainings

Tuesdays, Oct. 11 or Nov. 8
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
6:00-8:00 PM

Please help spread the word about becoming a mentor. We have trained over 100 new mentors this school year, but still have waiting lists at every school of kids who would like to have, and would benefit from, a mentor. If you have contacts with civic groups of any sort, we are happy to speak to groups about mentoring.

If you are unable to attend our regular trainings, we are willing to work with groups of 6 or more people to arrange trainings for a day and time convenient for you. Some of the groups receiving training this fall include: UGA MBA students, UGA Visitor’s Center staff and friends, UGA chapter of National Council of Negro Women, UGA law students and Sigma Delta Tau Sorority.

Meet Our New Board Members

Josh Connell, Commercial Development Dept., First American Bank & Trust

Katherine J. Downs, Community Volunteer

Eric Johnson, Director, UGA Visitor’s Center

Adam B. Land, Attorney, Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C.

Alison McCullick, Director of Outreach & Communication, GHSU/UGA Medical Partnership

Robert K. Miles, Director of Life Skills Programs, UGA Athletic Assn.

Noris Price, Assoc. Superintendent, Clarke County School District

 

Out In the Community

Board members Misty Canup, Stacy Conner, and Nancy McDuff staffed our display at the Athens Volunteer Fair, held on September 19 at UGA’s Tate Center. We will also have a display at the Community Volunteer Fair at Lay Park on September 29 from 3:00-6:00 PM.

Board members Misty Canup, Stacy Conner, and Nancy McDuff staffed our display at the Athens Volunteer Fair, held on September 19 at UGA’s Tate Center. We will also have a display at the Community Volunteer Fair at Lay Park on September 29 from 3:00-6:00 PM.

Mentor/Mentee Events

The Georgia Brass Band

Sunday, October 16 – Georgia Brass Band at UGA’s Hodgson Hall

2:15: meet at the 3rd floor lobby of UGA’s School of Music building (River Road) for refreshments. 2:45: walk to Hodgson Hall for the 3:00 concert. Preregistration is required and space is limited.

Tuesday, October 18 – “Explore UGA”

4:00-8:00 PM 6th-9th grade mentees with their mentors will tour the Ramsey Center and the Art Museum, eat dinner in the East Village Commons with current students, hear from UGA Admissions staff about preparing for college, and find out about the varied and interesting activities that mentors/mentees can do on campus throughout the year. Preregistration is required and space is limited.

Both events are free. As always, mentors assume responsibility for any activities with their mentees outside the school grounds, and should get written permission from a parent or guardian to take their mentee to any such event.

Meet Some of Our Mentors and Mentees

Meet Mildred and Jamilah (5th grade)

Mildred has been a mentor with the Clarke County Mentor Program for fifteen years, and has been matched with her current mentee, Jamilah, for “five rewarding years.” Mildred considers mentoring to be a great way to invest time in a child’s education. She is a retired social worker, and has been a substitute teacher and a Sunday School teacher. She also volunteers with St. Mary’s Hospital’s Auxiliary. Thank you, Mildred!

Meet Meyur and Ty (7th grade)

Meyur is the President of CCMP’s Board of Directors. He is a Commercial Account Executive with Dougherty, Duggan & Rouse, and has been a mentor for four years. In his words, “I became involved because I wanted to make a difference in somebody else’s life, especially a young person’s. I started mentoring thinking I was doing this for the mentee. It’s funny how that was only a small part of it. It’s also about what I get out of the interaction. I love how young I feel walking into the school, playing basketball or eating lunch with my mentee and his friends.”

Check Out Our New Website Additions

We have a new “Resources” section that contains: Frequently Asked Questions, Community Resources, and downloadable articles such as Communications and Listening Skills, Tools for Mentoring Adolescents, Exploring “Sparks” with Your Mentee, and Conversation Starters.

Save the Date

The Clarke County Mentor Program’s annual fundraising breakfast will be held on Thursday, January 26, from 7:30-8:30 AM at the Holiday Inn. Details on our speaker, sponsorship opportunities, and a few surprises will follow.

Recent Grants Received

We have received the following grants during the current Fiscal Year.

  • $2,500 from the Kroger Foundation
  • $2,072.23 from the Junior League of Athens

CCMP has also been accepted as an eligible agency with Athens-Clarke County’s Charity Drive.


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

  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.