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.


November 2013 Newsletter

New Logo

We hope you like our new logo as much as we do. It was designed and donated by David Skinner of Bridgital (

Save the Date – Fundraising Breakfast

Thursday, January 23, 2014
7:15 – 8:45 AM
Athens Holiday Inn
Featuring Keynote Speaker:

Sandy D. Welfare
Executive Director, Cool Girls, Inc.

Mentoring Matters!

Cool Girls was established in 1989 and provides programs to over 400 girls in nine metro Atlanta schools. Ms. Welfare has been the Executive Director since 2009. Previously, she was a senior manager at Rand Insurance and Lucent Technologies. She is also a “Cool Sister” to Tory and a Coca Cola LEADS mentor to a Spellman student.

The Breakfast is CCMP’s primary fundraiser and supports mentor recruitment and training. One-time contributions and multi-year pledges are accepted. Sponsorships at the $500 and $1,000 levels are also available, and include recognition in all CCMP publicity.

Fall Into Reading Project

75 mentors of elementary school students participated in Fall Into Reading, a project funded by the Junior League of Athens in which mentors and mentees received a voucher to choose books together at their school’s Book Fair. Mentors also received resources and activity ideas related to encouraging literacy and love of reading in their mentees. Special thanks to our elementary school Media Specialists and Principals who partnered with us on this project.

Mentor Training Sessions

Tuesday, November 12, January 14 OR February 11
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce

NOTE: This is not an appropriate volunteer opportunity for students in their final year of college, as we require a one-year commitment.

Meet a Mentor

Robert Ellis calls mentoring “a beautiful thing”, and wishes he had had a mentor when he was young. Rob is a UGA senior and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, which partners with Howard B. Stroud Elementary School. For the past year, he has mentored a student with whom he has a lot in common: similar childhood situations and a love of football, especially playing quarterback. During school visits, this mentor-mentee pair might eat lunch together, play educational computer games, and of course throw the football. Rob wants to be an example to his mentee, and has encouraged him to think about achieving his goals and staying out of trouble. He suggests that new mentors approach mentoring with an open mind, work to gain the mentee’s trust, and communicate in a way that the mentee can understand. To Rob, and the UGA and alumni brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi, thanks for mentoring.

Thanks to our 2013-2014 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
Jackson EMC Foundation
Junior League of Athens
Kroger Foundation
Lois & Lucy Lampkin Foundation
Publix Super Markets Charities
St. Mary’s Heath Care System
Trinity Accounting Group
Wells Fargo

The Adsmith
Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust
Cofer’s Home & Garden
Doherty, Duggan, Hart & Tiernan

Georgia United Credit Union
Jackson Spalding
Jittery Joe’s Coffee