If you’re going
• What: Mentor Me North Georgia’s 10th anniversary breakfast
• When: 7 to 9 a.m. Jan. 10
• Where: Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, 7745 Majors Road
• Cost: $15
• R.S.V.P. by Tuesday to (678) 341-8028 or online at www.mentormenorthga.org.
Mentor Me North Georgia is preparing for a celebration.
The organization will hold a breakfast at 7 a.m. Jan. 10 in honor of its 10th anniversary.
“Mostly we want to share with the public what we’ve accomplished over the past 10 years,” said Sylvia Cardona, Mentor Me’s executive director.
Mentor Me North Georgia began in 2002 as a service project by that year’s class of Leadership Forsyth, an organization that teaches rising leaders about the community.
As part of the program, each class chooses a community service project.
Originally, Mentor Me North Georgia was known as Big Brothers/Big Sisters. The program changed names in 2008 and expanded its offerings.
While the primary focus is still one-on-one mentoring between adults and children, Cardona said the organization also offers an after-school program.
In addition, Mentor Me North Georgia sponsors Kick It Up clubs at several middle and high schools in the county.
“That program was also a Leadership Forsyth legacy, created by the class of 2008,” Cardona said. “It’s a career exploration and community service club.”
Besides breakfast from Tam’s Backstage Restaurant, the anniversary event at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center will feature recognition of the organization’s supporters and presentation the Mentor of the Year award.
There also will be presentations from one of the program’s young participants and a parent whose child has benefited from being mentored.
Tickets for the event, which is open to the public, are $15. Guests are asked to R.S.V.P. by Tuesday.
Cardona said the breakfast will also serve as a fundraiser.
“We hope people will come out and continue to support our work in the community,” she said.
In 2011, the organization served more than 370 children. Since it began, it’s helped some 770 children.
Cardona said the program is always looking for adult mentors.
“That’s what we recruit for because children can develop such a deep relationship with a mentor,” she said.