Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Mentor For Success is having its winter training session for new mentors on Feb. 15, and invites adults in the Gorge area to learn more and consider volunteering to mentor an area teen.
MFS is a program of The Next Door, and pairs adult volunteers with struggling area teens. Mentor and mentee are matched on the basis of interests (also gender and location), and get together a couple of times a month to do activities in the community that they choose together.
Mentors receive training and ongoing support from MFS staff, and become an important source of encouragement, listening, and guidance for the teen.
“It’s a fun and rewarding way to make a big difference in the life of a young person who really needs mentoring. Who mentored you?” asks program manager Bonnie New. For more information, visit mentor4success.org, or contact New at 541-490-9919.
Options for mentoring opportunities include Big Brothers and Big Sisters, which has a Feb. 14 all you can eat lasagna dinner fundraiser (details on page A12) and the ASPIRE program at HRVHS School’s Summit Career Center.
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