Mentors sought for new school year

Mentors sought for new school year
August 04 15:09 2018 Print This Article

The North Charleston non-profit Be A Mentor is seeking volunteers to work one-on-one with students in grades K – 12. Last school year, the program served 248 students in 18 schools in Charleston County School District and Dorchester County School District 2. A College of Charleston survey revealed that 96% of the 2017-2018 mentors learned something from the students they were paired with and gained a fresh perspective of the challenges youth are facing.

Elementary school volunteers work on social skills and typically eat lunch with their student weekly. Middle and high school volunteers focus on goal-setting, leadership development and career paths. The Career Cafe program provides guest speakers, who inform students about job opportunities and pathways to entry.

The program currently has 11 business partners, including Blackbaud, Rick Hendrick Automotive and the South Carolina Ports Authority. It is funded by more than 100 businesses, foundations and individuals. The business partners provide many of the mentors.

The two-hour mentor training sessions are held weekly. Volunteers may sign up for the training here. Volunteers must be at least 21 and pass a background check. For questions on the program, call 843-554-5987.