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Interested in taking part in the governor's mentoring initiative?

The goal for the governor's mentoring initiative is to provide young people in custody with an adult influence they know they can count on – someone who will help them get over the hard times, someone who will assist them in making the right decisions, someone who will just be a friend. The mentoring program will engage adult volunteers to create a continuity of relationships to support and guide a young person. It is the consistency and duration of the relationship that make this mentoring work.

As a mentor, you would be:
• Supporting a young person through an on-going, one-on-one relationship
• Serving as a positive role model and friend
• Planning and participating in activities together
• Building self-esteem and motivation in a young person
• Helping your mentee set goals and work toward accomplishing them

Time Commitment
• 4 to 6 hours per month one-on-one with a mentee
• Attend an initial training session
• Optional mentor/mentee group events, mentor support groups and program recognition events

Desirable Qualities
• Willing listener
• Encouraging and supportive
• Patient and flexible
• Tolerant and respectful of individual differences

Benefits
• Participation in a mentor support group
• Mileage and expenses are tax deductible
• Personal fulfillment through contribution to community and individual
• Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress and achieve goals
• Personal on-going support, supervision to help the match succeed
• Mentor/mentee group activities, complimentary tickets to community events, participant recognition events

Interested?
Call 1-866-519-LIFT

Email: charisse.white@state.tn.us

Write:
The Governor's Children's Cabinet
1280 Foster Avenue, Mensler 1
Nashville, TN 37243


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