FORSYTH COUNTY — School may have just let out for the summer, but Forsyth County is already looking for helpful hands and positive influences in children’s lives for next year.
Forsyth County Schools needs mentors for elementary, middle and alternative school students.
Mentoring takes place between a student and a person who provides support that benefits one or more areas of the mentee’s development.
“Research shows mentoring can reduce absenteeism while increasing social, emotional and overall well-being, resulting in youth who are productive members of society,” said Lindsey Simpson, prevention specialist for the school district.
Mentors will begin in August, and each school already has a waiting list of students.
Becoming a mentor involves three steps, with the first being a commitment to meeting with a mentee for 30 minutes per week during school hours for the school year.
Mentors must choose a time to attend a two-hour training session.
The first training session is on Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the Forsyth County Board of Education, 1120 Dahlonega Hwy. (Hwy. 9).
The second session will be offered on Tuesday at the Forsyth County Family YMCA at 6050 Y Street from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
There will also be a training session on July 28 at the same and place as the second session.
Prospective mentors must also complete an application and pass a background check, which is provided during training.
The key to mentoring is a supportive relationship between a mentor and mentee, Simpson said.
For more information, contact Lindsey Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (770) 887-2461 Ext. 202347.