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Mentoring Program Wants You

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 16, 2012

 A lot of people have thought about volunteering to mentor a child, but have shied away because of a lack of confidence.  The Sacramento County Office of Education is offering a unique mentoring program that helps kids and mentors through the process.

Tim Herrera with the county says this mentoring program offers a lot of  structure, which makes it unique…and perfect for first time mentors.

HERRERA: "If you're someone who thinks well, I'm not sure I can really do…I'm not comfortable with working one on one with a student, that's ok. With this program, it's gradual.  It starts with group mentoring, a lot of group activities, a lot of group engagement.  From there it can evolve into some one-on-one situations here and there."

The program requires one hour a week and includes team building and confidence building for mentors and at-risk students.   This is the third year of a four-year grant worth half a million dollars from the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.    

Kinney, Calvine, Hickey, and North Area Junior/Senior high schools will host the mentoring sessions this year.  Click here for more information.

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