The 2018-19 school year marks the beginning of the sixth year of the mentor program in the Griffin-Spalding County School System. The program began in 2012 through the combined efforts and generous contributions of the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce, the Griffin Housing Authority and the Griffin-Spalding County School System. The program is a school-based initiative designed to pair a responsible, caring adult with a child who would benefit from a positive role model in their lives.
Mentors act as listeners and positive role models. According to research, children who are mentored have increased school attendance, a better attitude toward school, less substance abuse, and a greater likelihood of graduating from high school. Mentors meet with their mentees in the child’s school during the school day for one hour each week. The program requires a one year commitment, but mentor-mentees are encouraged to continue beyond the first year.
Adults who are interested in mentoring in the Griffin-Spalding County School System should visit the website: www.spaldingcollaborative.com to learn more about the program or contact Kathy Rhodes, Program Coordinator, at 404-316-2704 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All Griffin-Spalding County School System mentors must be trained and vetted through the GSCMentor Program. Requirements include: completing the application at www.gscmentor.org, successful completion of a required mentor training session, and clearance through a background check and fingerprinting which is scheduled through the Griffin-Spalding County School System’s Human Resources Department. For more information about volunteering with GSCS, click here.
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