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Breakfast celebrates magic of mentoring in Forsyth
Mentor Brooke Irby, left, and her mentee, Alyssa, were matched six years ago. Both spoke at the recent Mentor Me North Georgia "Magic Moments" breakfast. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

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Mentor Me is a Forsyth County United Way agency, but the organization depends on private donations for much of its funding. To help through a donation, volunteering or providing needed items or services, contact executive director Sylvia Cardona at (678) 341-8028, or

SOUTH FORSYTH — Mentor Me North Georgia recently held its annual "Magic Moments" breakfast at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

During the event, which was sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, volunteers and the children they serve were celebrated.

Mentor Me is a nonprofit that provides one-on-one mentoring relationships between volunteers and local children who need role models. 

According to a news release from the organization, Carolyn and Jack Canouse received the 2014 Mentors of the Year Award during the breakfast. 

The gathering also included testimonials from program participants, including Alyssa, who graduated from high school in May. She thanked her mentor of six years, Brooke Irby.

"You have always been there for me when I needed someone who would sit and listen to me, and not judge me,” she said. “You cared about me when not many people did."

In nearly 12 years of serving Forsyth County, more than 1,000 children have been mentored through the local Mentor Me program, according to the organization. Most of the children live in single-parent homes, or are living with grandparents or foster parents. 

According to Mentor Me, statistics show that children in mentoring programs are less likely to start using illegal drugs, and less likely to skip school, and show improvement in academic performance and behavior.