Mentor program seeks volunteers

Enfield - posted Jan, 22 2014

ENFIELD- The Enfield Public Schools Mentoring Program is currently seeking caring adult volunteers to mentor students. This program is strictly school-based and mentors commit to one hour per week, one-on-one with their mentee at their school. This is not a tutoring program. Current mentors use their time in any way which is special to the pair-playing games, doing crafts or just talking. No special skills are required. Enjoying children and being a good listener are most important. The mentoring team has retirees, business people, recent empty-nesters, police officers and firefighters. There is an acute need for male mentors and minority mentors. Volunteers must be 18 years or older. For the safety of the students, prospective mentors must provide a valid government-issued photo ID, be fingerprinted and complete a background check. Additionally, mentors must complete a formal application and attend a training session. The Enfield Mentoring Program assumes all costs involved with the background check and training. Mentors are provided with activity materials, advanced training opportunities and coordinator support. There will be an information/training session offered to prospective mentors on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., in the conference room of the Henry Barnard Elementary School, 27 Shaker Road. Dinner will be provided. Reservations are required. If you are interested in learning more about mentoring in Enfield, please contact Mary Scutt, mentoring program coordinator, at 860-253-4737 or email her at mscutt@enfieldschools.org.


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