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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.
October 2013 Newsletter

Planning to Succeed

The board and staff of the Clarke County Mentor Program are excited about beginning the school year with our organization’s first Strategic Plan. After several planning sessions last spring, facilitated by Tom Holland, we developed 3 goals for 2013-2018:

  • Meet 100% of Benchmark Elements of Effective Practice (National Mentoring Center.)

  • Enhance and solidify the active partnership between the Clarke County Mentor Program and the Clarke County School District, leading to more effective mentoring.

  • Raise sufficient funds to cover a $150,000 budget, allowing sufficient staff time to implement best practices for mentoring programs.

There has already been a great deal of progress on specific objectives for 2013-2014. If you are a mentor, you will have noticed some changes, particularly in the area of mentor screening. All mentors now receive an annual basic background check, performed by the Clarke County School District. We are an in-school mentoring program; if new mentors would like to become community mentors, they must meet the following requirements: 3 months of successful in-school mentoring; a recommendation from the School Counselor; and completion of a more stringent (i.e. national, fingerprint-based) criminal background check. The vast majority of potential mentors are good citizens, but the need to keep our children safe is paramount.

Join our Fall Into Reading Project

Larkin  Dakota at the Library

We invite mentors of elementary school students to participate in Fall Into Reading, a Junior League of Athens-funded project in which mentors can encourage their mentees to read. Books for Keeps is doing an amazing job of distributing books to students in the Clarke County School District but mentors can also make a contribution to literacy through their one-to-one relationship with a student. They know a child’s interests, can encourage love of reading over several years, and can be “on the spot” to help their mentees pick out a book at the Fall Book Fair. Participants will:

  • Receive a voucher so they can purchase one book, in consultation with their mentee, at the mentee’s School Book Fair (October)

  • Receive resources and activity ideas related to encouraging literacy and love of reading in their mentees. 

The grant allows us to accept the first 75 mentors of elementary school students who sign up. Email us today!

Athens Volunteer Fair

Forever Young Pres.-Elect Michael Riccio, CCMP board member Katherine Downs

Forever Young Pres.-Elect Michael Riccio, CCMP board member Katherine Downs

Mentor Program and Forever Young volunteers staffed our display at the September 18 Volunteer Fair, signing up a number of potential mentors.

Upcoming Mentor Training Sessions

We still have waiting lists at most schools of students who would like to have a mentor. Mentor training sessions will be held:

Wednesday, October 9 OR Tuesday, November 12, 6:00-8:00 PM, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.

NOTE: The October 9 training is the last training this school year at which we will accept college seniors, and they must have their applications submitted in advance.

Are you a mentor and a UGA student?

Join Forever Young, our affiliated UGA student organization, and find out about their recruitment, social and fundraising activities.

Back to School

paracord survival bracelet

From the Friends for Youth Mentoring Institute, here are a few ideas for indoor activities to do with your mentees at school.

  1. Visit the school library to find some books on something that you are both interested in. You can also read the same book and then talk about it. Another fun activity is for you both to read a book that has been turned into a movie. If you have a chance to watch the movie, you can talk about what was similar and what was different.

  2. Learn to knit, or make a friendship bracelet or (pay attention, guys) “survival strap,” an opportunity for you both to learn together. There are tutorials on YouTube, or look for a book in the school library.

  3. Draw a map of where you are from and highlight landmarks that are important to you. Share the maps with each other, and tell the stories about why each of these landmarks is important to you.

  4. Create collages by cutting out pictures or phrases from magazines and newspapers. These can include images that describe who you are and where you come from, pictures or phrases that represent your family and friends, and your dreams for the future.

  5. Plan a meal and choose a different country for each course. This could also give you a chance to learn about other cultures and traditions. You don’t have to actually cook!

Clarke College Readiness

Mentors & Mentees at Fanning

20 CCSD high school students, including a number of CCMP mentees and their mentors, participated in Clarke College Readiness July 25-27 at UGA, attending classes, performances, and sessions on team building, college admission, financial aid, resumes, careers and interpersonal communication. They stayed in the dorms, ate at dining halls, and went for a swim at Legion Pool. Thank you to our partners at UGA’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development and the Clarke County School District, our friends at Barberitos and Yoforia (both in 5 Pts) for their donations, and two anonymous donors who sponsored this event.

Thanks to Our 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
Junior League of Athens
Kroger Foundation
Lois & Lucy Lampkin Foundation
The Newland Family Foundation
Publix Super Markets Charities
Sentry Self Storage
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

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